01.25.2011 05:11:58 You can now purchase a reserved slot on all our game servers for just $5/month. Your $5 donation will reserve your slot on ALL of our servers for 30 days. This means no more waiting in line to play. No more wasted time. Not only that, but your donation will go toward paying our bills and will continue to enable TKC the ability to provide quality servers for the PC community.
To purchase your reserved slot just click the "Donate" tab above, then either find your nickname or type in your EXACT solider name (WITHOUT clan tag) in the box provided. Then for donation type be sure to select that you are purchasing a reserved slot. To purchase multiple months just donate the appropriate amount, i.e. $15 for 3 months.
Serious gamers don't wait in line, purchase your reserved slot today and prove to the world that you're no noob!!
It’s another year, and while we’re set to get a new Battlefield game later this year, DICE isn’t easing up on the gas pedal for Battlefield 1! In a press release, EA has detailed some of the plans set to hit the shooter later this month and beyond.
Between January 16-22, all Battlefield 1 players can test out the new Gallipoli peninsula thanks to the Battlefield 1: Turning Tides Gallipoli Trial! This trial will also give base game owners a chance to try In the Name of the Tsar and They Shall Not Pass as well.
For Battlefield 1 Premium members, they can expect the second part of the Turning Tides expansion to drop, and bringing with it the new Zeebrugge and Heligoland Bight maps, the new C-Class Airship and more.
Finally, the previous bonus map for Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass called Prise de Tahure, should be available to everyone starting today, January 16!
Stay tuned for more Battlefield news here on MP1st! For series fans, go check out this “1943” mod right now to see what fans are up to.
Far Cry 5 x Mondo Edition with Vinyl Record and SteelBook announced by Ubisoft
01.16.2018 19:00:08 Neil writes: "Ubisoft love a collaboration and for Far Cry 5 they are delivering a rather nifty looking Mondo Limited Edition that comes with a fabulous SteelBook and vinyl record. Want the details?"
Find The Hidden Ones with the first DLC for Assassin's Creed Origins
01.16.2018 19:00:08 Neil writes: "The world of Assassin's Creed is a big one, but very soon it'll be getting bigger still as the first downloadable content pack for Assassin's Creed Origins will be released."
Brian Fargo Working On Blockchain Based PC Gaming Storefront Robot Cache
Brian Fargo, the man behind inXile Entertainment has announced his new project, a blockchain-powered PC game storefront that's aiming to take on the current king of the hill, Steam. Robot Cache is promising to reduce fees for publishers and developers by 80% and give consumers the ability to resell their digital PC video games. Gamers will also have the option to mine the company's cryptocurrency called "IRON" and use that towards the purchase of new games.
However, there are some catches to the resell rules. According to the press release, publishers will set the resell prices for games and take 70% of the profit. The individual selling the game will get IRON as opposed to cash for the trade.
"Robot Cache’s revolutionary digital resale market allows developers and publishers to set resale pricing and earn 70% of the resale proceeds. Additionally, game makers will be able to control the parameters of resales, receive payment in minutes (not months), maintain secure ownership rights (due to decentralized blockchain management), and have a full suite of sales and marketing tools at their disposal."
"Robot Cache is a victory for digital PC gamers and the publishers who create games. The Robot Cache platform is created by industry veterans who understand the dynamics of what is needed to be successful and have the relationships necessary to bring the right partners to the table. Best of all, Robot Cache will be a full featured and live platform when gamers first come to it. Robot Cache expects to offer the latest and greatest video games on the Robot Cache platform for gamers’ immediate enjoyment."
Upfront, publishers and indie devs will retain an impressive 95% of their sales income. According to Brian Fargo “Earning any money on the video game resale market is unheard of for game publishers, and earning up to 70%, which is equivalent to the best margins publishers and developers currently receive on today’s most popular digital distributions platforms, is crazy. Allowing creators to keep 95% of new game sales, and 70% on game resales, provides developers, like us at inXile, with a strong financial stream. This gives us more resources to create new content and new IPs for fans.”
“Just a handful of companies dominate the multi-billion-dollar digital download PC video games market. Robot Cache plans to revolutionize the industry by launching the first-ever workable decentralized video game marketplace that benefits both the creators of video games and gamers. All of this is accomplished by expertly leveraging the power, flexibility, safety, and transparency of blockchain technology,” said Lee Jacobson, CEO, Robot Cache.
Right now the company is still looking to raise $15 million to get the blockchain aspects of the business up and running and are looking to launch the service in Q2 of this year: "Robot Cache will be creating IRON based on the ERC-20 standard. Robot Cache will sell and issue Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFTs), which will convert into IRON upon launch of the platform which will take place in Q2, 2018. SAFTs are expected to begin being offered in an Institutional Pre-sale on January 17, 2018, and SAFTs are expected to begin being offered in an Accredited Public Pre-sale on February 15, 2018. Robot Cache will look to raise a minimum of $15M USD in a token generation event to be used to obtain exclusive content, develop partnerships and the digital PC video game distribution platform, and for sales, marketing, general, administrative, legal, and accounting purposes."
Call of Duty: WWII Weapon Tuning Update Targeted for Thursday, Sledgehammer Asks Feedback on Scorestreaks
While Sledgehammer Games detailed some of the upcoming weapon tweaks in Call of Duty: WWII, the studio has now given a day when players can expect it to drop. Over on Reddit, Sledgehammer Games boss Michael Condrey shared some of the plans they have for the week.
First off, the weapon tuning update will be rolled out this coming Thursday, though it wasn’t specified whether it’ll be a game patch or as a playlist update. There’s also a “big” patch that’s now being reviewed for certification as well, which is set to drop later this month.
Sledgehammer is also asking for feedback on scorestreaks and how best to tweak it. Do players want a buff on the overall ‘streaks? Maybe make ’em cheaper? They want to know your input.
Last week, I shared a lot of context around things in flight, as well as decisions we’d made leading to the game’s launch. Some of that context was well received, some got me shot full of holes. While it comes with the territory, I suppose, it still gave me pause on how much, and when, to share.
My ask this week is that r/WWII exercises positive intent when reading these posts. The dev team at SHG is so incredibly passionate about this game, and wants nothing more than to thrill fans. We’re working as hard as ever to improve the game, and address issues. With millions and millions of people playing everyday, it’s a tight rope on balancing game feedback – the community doesn’t always agree with us, you don’t always agree with each other, and we don’t always agree with each other inside the studio. Yet, I can assure you we all want the same thing, for WWII to be the best experience for fans everyday.
On deck this week are some weapon tuning changes to improve balance across all weapon classes. Small change can have big impacts, so we’re being very careful to test and measure internally before pushing live. We suspect an update by Thursday, and will share the specific changes then.
We’re also looking into score streak tuning this week. There’s great dialog and healthy debate in the studio about strength vs cost of our streaks. Do we buff the strengths? Do we lower the costs? Both? Similar to weapon balance above, small changes can have big impacts, so we want to be careful. Everyone loves earning streaks, but no one loves being in a match that’s getting streak spammed by the enemy team.
Now is a good time to discuss this topic with you. We’ve already gathered a lot of score streak feedback and match data, but we’d love to hear a focused dialog on the changes you might want to see. As always, please keep it constructive.
There is a new game update sitting with our first party partners awaiting approval for release later this month. It includes a ton of new content and game features, as well as a long list of fixes and improvement. We’ll have more to share as we get closer to release, so be sure to stay tuned to the @SHGames channels for details and news.
See you on the other side, – Condrey
If you have a Reddit account, I suggest posting your feedback there, or if you’re on Twitter, hit the studio up, or poke the bear himself, Michael Condrey.
How do you think should Sledgehammer tackle scorestreak buffs? Personally, I’d make them a wee bit cheaper though not too much.
Assassin's Creed Origins DLC The Hidden Ones Dated, More Details Revealed
Assassin's Creed Origins is about to get its first DLC expansion. Called The Hidden Ones, it will introduce several hours of new story along with side quests, events, and items. Ubisoft has now confirmed the expansion will release on January 23 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The Hidden Ones is a story-driven expansion that shares more about the growth of the Brotherhood. It takes place four years after the events of the main game in the Sinai, where players will clash with an occupying Roman force. The expansion increases the level cap to 45 and introduces two new legendary weapons, a new outfit, two new mounts, and multiple new weapons to the game. If you're a season pass owner, you can download the game at no extra cost. For others, the DLC will cost $10.
Ubisoft also revealed more information about Origins' second DLC, The Curse of Pharaohs. Unlike The Hidden Ones, Pharaohs will introduce a brand-new storyline, separate from the main game. This DLC will pit players against famous pharaohs and Egyptian beasts, and tasks you with investigating the cause of a curse that has brought the dead back to life. The expansion will come with new outfits, gear, and weapons, all themed around classic Egyptian mythology, and will raise the level cap to 55. The Curse of Pharaohs releases on March 6, and if you don't have the season pass it will cost you $20.
In addition to the two DLC expansions, Ubisoft has also announced a new mode, called Discovery Tour, which will allow players to learn more about Ancient Egypt without the pressure of quests or combat. It's designed specifically as an educational experience, and it'll let you see the entire world at your own pace. It releases on February 20 and will also cost $20. Meanwhile, a new patch was released today that improves the behavior of tamed animals and allows you to sell back outfits.
New On Netflix This Week: 2018 Winter Olympics Preview And More Movies, TV Shows, And Originals
If you're in need of new shows and movies to stream this week, Netflix is ready. The streaming service is adding quite a bit of content for the week, including your first taste of 2018 Winter Olympics programming.
While the Olympics don't kick off until February 9, NBC is debuting a two-part special, 2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold. The specials--which are available now--will only be streaming for a limited time, getting removed from Netflix at the conclusion of the games. In them, you'll get to know the athletes on Team USA and their stories leading into the Olympics.
If the winter games aren't something you're interested in, though, there's still plenty to watch on Netflix. New seasons of Friday Night Tykes, Grace and Frankie, and Trolls: The Beat Goes On all arrive this week, along with movies like Dallas Buyers Club and Wild Hogs.
01.16.2018 14:00:08 Hardcore Gamer: It may be worth picking Evolva up on Steam during launch week because the game is discounted down to $5.99 there. Once the launch discount is over itll go back to $9.99, which is the same price as on GOG.
Far Cry 5 Devs Name the Game’s Most Dangerous Animal, Talk Player Freedom & More
There’s still a couple of months remaining until Far Cry 5launches on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It’s scheduled for a worldwide launch on March 27.
To help drive the hype levels up a little, Ubisoft has released a new “UbiBlog” video which explores the game’s populated world, vicious wildlife, and co-op adventures.
It’s only a quick vid, at three minutes long, and can be watched below.
Step aside, honey badger, there’s a new demon creature in town. See the developers of Far Cry 5 impersonate their most feared wildlife, hear tales of their co-op adventures, and learn why they can’t predict what will happen to you in Hope County.
I’m especially eager to try out the co-op mode, as I’ve always enjoyed playing Far Cry with a friend (when supported). Judging from what I’ve seen so far, the fifth numbered title is looking like a great time.
Are you looking forward to playing Far Cry 5? Let us know.
TKC servers are well run and every attempt is made to ensure a fun gaming environment. No racist or rude behavior is tolerated on any of our servers. TKC tries to have round the clock administration for it's servers but obviously sometimes a server will have no admin playing so if you witness any abuse for any game please attempt to report the offending players nickname, and if possible GUID here: "Server Vistors Complaint". Just give as many details as you can remember such as what the player was doing/saying. In addition cheating is not tolerated on our servers. We are protected by any of a number of different cheat tools at any given time including; VAC, steambans.com, pbbans.com, ggc-stream.com, metabans, pbscreens.com and punkbuster, depending on the game. If caught cheating your information will be submitted to the appropriate cheat tracker and you will be added to their database which will ban your Steam ID, PB GUID or EA GUID depending on the game and website.
When available we also offer ways for players, in-game, to contact admins to report bad behavior. These come in the form of game server plugins. Players will, if the server has the option available, have the option to report a player using, @report [player] [reason] or @admin [reason] to call an admin to the server. If an admin doesn't respond in a timely manner, please use the @report option so we can follow up on it later or use "Server Vistors Complaint" as mentioned above. If an admin is not available, we also try to give the players the opportunity to use @votekick [player] or @voteban [player] [reason]. This allows the guests to our server the ability to kick or temporarily ban a player who is breaking rules.
Profanity - Many of the games we play have very bad language, some don't, that should make a difference in how we enforce our rules. For that reason we are going to implement a new rule, which will seem strange at first, but there is reason behind it. Bad language will only be tolerated on Teamspeak channels for games where there is bad language in the game. In other words, since there is bad language in Bad Company 2, bad language will be acceptable in the Bad Company 2 Teamspeak channel and on the Bad Company 2 servers. On our Half-Life 2 DM Teamspeak channel and game server, bad language will not be allowed. Future games will also be handled in this manner. The reason, we do not want to exclude members with different beliefs. If I buy a game and one of the selling points for me was the fact that it did not have bad language, that should be respected. I do not want a father or grandfather having to explain bad language to their children or grandchildren because they heard profanity on a TKC Teamspeak channel they thought was free of such things.
How to deal with with Mic/Text spammers - No one wants to listen to a lot of unrelated chatter either on the game server, or Teamspeak. No one wants to see a lot of text spamming either. It's distracting to some, and in the case of Bad Company 2, causes lag problems when the text log gets too long. If someone is talking or typing too much, respectfully ask them to stop. If they continue, you may have to mute or kick them, and if they continue after that, a ban might be in order. When on Teamspeak, a certain amount of "visiting" is fine, but the gamers who want to communicate tactical information to others playing shouldn't have to constantly interrupt talk about the latest CPU, or talk of what's going on at school. If someone is talking too much and you don't feel like you want to address it, PM a clan leader and we can handle the situation.
Team Switching - In some games this is a big no-no and if you are admin for one of those games, ask the player to go back, if they don't and you have the ability, move them back manually. If you continue to have problems, kick/ban them. In other games, like Bad Company 2, team switching usually isn't as big a deal. Sometimes friends or clan members might want to play together, in that case, try to facilitate them and swap some people around. This will show you to be respectful of community and they will probably be very appreciative of your efforts. If there is a mass exodus of people from a bad team to a good team, you can mention in-game that people need to stop. If someone is ignoring you and continues to unbalance the teams, just kick them off the server. For a game like Half-Life 2, teams change after each round, so trying to put clan members together is just a waste of time, that is why team switching is considered bad.
Hacking/Cheating - This is the most overused excuse for kicking someone off of a server. Players are unjustly booted off servers all the time simply because they were too good. That is not fair. Do not base a decision on cheating on a single round, if it isn't really ridiculous score-wise, sometimes people just have great rounds. But if they continue to have an unbelievable K/D ratio, then you might need to ban them. Sometimes it might be necessary to ban someone just because they are killing the server. For me, this is the thing I hate to do the most. That person might be doing nothing wrong, other than being really good at a game. Try to put yourself in their shoes and only ban guys who are really obvious. I don't want to see anyone being banned for an aimbot because they went 29-0. I and many others have had a better score than that, it DOES happen. You have to consider how the person is playing the game. Are they playing as recon? Are they in the heli with a really good pilot? Sometimes, if you are unsure, it might be best to ask the opinion of a clan leader. Remember, visitors to our servers have the ability and a forum to complain about unjust behavior from our server admins. If someone complains about you, you want to know that you did everything by the book.
Soldier Names/Nicknames - We will not allow names that are offensive to anyone. I think we can all use our best judgement here, but if you are unsure, ask another admin what they think of the name and come to a consensus before taking action. Players using racist names should be perm banned immediately. It does no good talking to someone like that because they're only goal is to cause trouble.
Banter and Trash Talking - Now its okay to joke around, but if several players are going at it constantly on the mic or in chat just nicely ask them to stop. If it continues warn them again that if they don't stop they will be kicked, if for no other reason that mic/text spamming. If they ignore this warning then go ahead and kick them. A certain amount of this is fine as long as it's good natured, however sometimes this can lead to hard feelings so you have to use your best judgement of when something is going too far or things are starting to get out of hand.
Racist/intolerant behavior - This is a subject that we will show no mercy on. If someone is being a racist, and that means they are hating on blacks, whites, browns, yellows, whatever the case may be, they get perm banned. No warnings, no kicks, just ban them. We don't need that kind of intolerant behavior on our servers. I don't care if the person is joking, I don't care what his real intent was, if he's spewing hate speech, he's gone. This also applies to someone who is spewing hate speech against a group of people, like Muslims, Christians, agnostics, atheists whoever. We are a gaming clan. This is our hobby and it's supposed to be fun. Everyone who comes to a TKC server should be respected and able to play the game hassle free. Not everyone believes the same, and if someone can't get over it and comes to our server with an agenda that includes racist or intolerant speech, I expect you guys to bring the hammer down swiftly.
Metabans - We will use Metabans only for cheaters and will verify each ban using Cheat-O-Meter. This will ensure that we are not forcing our Metabans followers into banning players we have banned for breaking rules other than cheating. If we deem you are cheating and Cheat-O-Meter doesn't really indicate cheating and we can not find information about you or your clan tag, meaning there is no website or previous information on you as a player or clan that we can cross reference, we will ban you on our servers, but not Metabans. Clans must have a website that we can find and access to be considered legit, otherwise we will view your tags as hogwash and your suspect behavior will be deemed as cheating. Again, we will not add a ban that is not supported by Cheat-O-Meter to Metabans.
We want everyone to have the best time possible so do your best to maintain a good gaming atmosphere, then everyone can have a good time.
To join TKC you only have to read our "Code of Conduct" and then apply for membership by filling out an online application. After submitting your application you will become a "member candidate". You will be allowed to wear our tags but only as (tkc), all letters in lowercase. As you progress, as seen by our members, you will be advanced to (Tkc), then (TKc) and then finally (TKC). You will receive emails at each step with detailed instructions on what you need to do. To obtain your full membership and the right to wear the (TKC) tags, you will have to pass a vote by the TKC members. Only those members who have gotten to know you will vote. An 80% yes vote will be required for full admission. Please keep in mind that full membership takes 8 weeks.
For you to be accepted you will need to display good manners, sportsmanship, and the ability to follow our rules. This applies to all game server activitiy and forum participation. If you do not feel you can meet our requirements we respectfully ask that you not apply as we have many who want to join and we can not waste time on gamers who are not serious about membership.
So now you're a member of TKC congrats! It is important for you to note that membership in TKC is not a lifetime privilege. Only the clan founders Big Flem and Squidward have lifetime membership and can not be removed. Clan leaders expect it's members to participate in clan activites when they can, and to be an ACTIVE member in the clan. We consider active members to be members who regularly post on the forums, participate in clan activities when possible, and communicates and develops friendships inside the clan. We do NOT consider a member to be active if they only ever play on our servers and nothing more. The leaders of this clan work hard to organize events and if you can't support these activities, can't check and post on the forums at least once or twice a week, then you are not TKC material and eventually you will be kicked from the clan. If you do not think you can meet these requirements as a member of TKC, then please don't attempt to gain entry into the clan as you will only waste your time, and ours.
Beyond administration positions such as "Clan Leader", "Division Leader", etc, the answer is no. However we do have achievable military style ribbons and medals that can be won for various acts. You may see each members ribbon and medal "Display Case" by going to the "Members" tab and under each members profile clicking the "Awards" icon. Below is each award and how you obtain that award. Note that medals also have an associative ribbon:
Ribbons(Hover over information icon for description)
In the past TKC had too many admins on our servers and things got a little out of hand. We are not looking for any new admins, however if we feel you will make a good addition to that team we will ask you. Being a server admin is not fun and games. It requires you to WORK, and follow server administrator rules which are well defined once you become an admin. Our admins are forced to stop playing whatever game they might be playing, and work to secure and maintain server tranquility reguarly. If you are an admin that does not mean you will get to run willy nilly and ban, kick, and torture at will. Admins who do not follow our rules will be stripped of admin duties and power. In addition there are more requirements of admins such as, reguarly checking our server admins forum. Once you become an admin you will be given access to this forum and you must check and read it quite often. It is a way for admins to help one another by posting their thoughts on what is going on, who to watch closely, etc. Do not ask us constantly to be an admin, that is the surest way I know to never become an admin. Our leaders will identify the best candidates for admin duties if we think it necessary.
No. In order to have an official TKC server it must meet certain standards. In addition, we might not want a server for a particular game, and if you aren't an admin, then you shouldn't have admin authority on any server. Official TKC servers have to be setup as close to identical as possible. This means that the clan leaders must have all access to any of it's servers including the ability to restart that server, gain access via FTP and game panel. It means that the clan leaders can setup the server with it's normal settings and add the usual addons. In short, if you want to have your own server then that is fine, but don't try to name it "Boom Boom Room" or tie it in any way to TKC.
Clan TKC maintains several servers that are open to it's clan members and the public. In addition TKC has other expenses that require money. To pay the bills TKC relies on it's members and visitors to donate. Without these donations, TKC will cease to exist. Please consider donating money when you can. We do our best to use the money wisely, to invest in TKC, to invest in PC gaming.
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