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Gaming / Escape from Tarkov
« on: January 14, 2018, 06:03:47 PM »
So lately I've been looking at this new game. Its currently due for release later this year but I've been able to play it during its closed beta stage going on.

Its a kind of survival game with aspects of Arma and DayZ. You build you character, go on a raid to loot places and people you kill. If you die, you lose all your stuff but if you can extract with it you get to keep it all for future raids.

The biggest thing is that its super difficult and hyper realistic. A few shots is enough to kill, with potential to bleed out over time if you don't bandage. You can get broken bones and have to splint them, or drink water to avoid dehydration. You can break weapons down and change them up right down to a modular level. Just everything about this game is trying to make you feel like you could die at any moment. Even when you shoot a weapon the gas escaping causes a bit of a blur effect down the sights.

Check out some videos of it if you can.

The biggest issue at the moment is that matchmaking and getting into a map takes an excruciatingly long time. Until they add more servers this will be the case but they recently did a stress test so that is obviously a work in progress.

Red Dead Redemption 2 / Idea for multiplayer
« on: September 23, 2017, 06:39:16 AM »
Okay, so I'm gonna copypasta from a post I made at GTAForums.

One thing that I would love to see implemented in RDR2 multiplayer is the ability for a host to go into spectator mode. Something along the lines of what PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS does with their custom servers. (look it up if you aren't familiar). It would be a great way to broadcast tournaments and events which was a big part of the original title, although coverage was limited because of the lack of capture cards amongst the general public. Now with streaming services becoming more and more accessible (see Twitch apps, and Mixer built into the Xbox One consoles, etc) it would be great to run tournaments where we could kind of have some spectator mode for those who are not playing the game. The potential for this to be shoutcasted could also be explored.
If you look at what Rockstar have been doing over the last few years with having live streams advertised via their social media with celebrities and the likes, it would be awesome to really explore this to its full potential.
What do you guys think?

Red Dead Redemption 2 / New info coming September 28
« on: September 22, 2017, 10:02:08 AM »

From Rockstar's Twitter account.

Announcements / Explanation of the recent downtime
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:09:42 AM »
So you may have noticed that the site had been down for most of the last couple of days. I feel that I should enlighten you as to the cause behind it and any effects that may be felt from it.

So firstly the cause seems to be that a couple of the tables got corrupted and would not repair. You may have noticed this in the error message that appears that "smf_settings is invalid file type". There was also another table which only contains the active sessions and therefore was not all that important to keep as the worst case scenario is that you may need to re-login to the site. After going back and forth with the host they were also unable to fix the issue and so asked if I could restore from a backup. Now seeing as doing a full restore would of taken us back a bit in terms of messages etc. So instead I chose to choose an older backup, but only importing the table I needed.

As the settings don't often change there shouldn't be too many issues, but if you come across any errors, or features that appear to be bugged or missing entirely please let me know as some of them may have relied on changes to settings which occurred after this backup was taken.

Sorry for the downtime and thanks to those who sent messages to us on Facebook etc to let us know there were issues. Thanks for you patience.


Others / MOVED: Wild West Online
« on: July 11, 2017, 01:40:19 AM »

Events / Red Dead Weekend stream?
« on: July 09, 2017, 07:10:55 PM »
Hey guys,

So now with the whole Mixer streaming thing that I've been playing with I have an idea. Would anyone be interested in playing a bit of RDR this weekend and just find a private lobby that isn't tainted and roaming around the Wild West whilst I stream it?

These are the session times we are planning. Obviously feel free to arrange your own sessions outside of these, but these will the be times I am trying to stream as much during (provided there are others playing).


GMT: Friday 11PM to Saturday 6AM
AEST: Saturday 9AM to Saturday 4PM
US Eastern: Friday 7PM to Saturday 2AM
US Pacific: Friday 4PM to Friday 11PM


GMT: Sunday 11PM to Monday 2AM
AEST: Monday 9AM to Monday 12PM
US Eastern: Sunday 7PM to Sunday 10PM
US Pacific: Sunday 4PM to Sunday 7PM


GMT: Saturday 11AM to Saturday 3PM
AEST: Saturday 9PM to Sunday 1PM
US Eastern: Saturday 7AM to Saturday 11AM
US Pacific: Saturday 4PM to Saturday 8PM


GMT: Monday 2AM to Monday 5AM
AEST: Monday 12PM to Monday 3PM
US Eastern: Sunday 10PM to Monday 1AM
US Pacific: Sunday 7PM to Sunday 10PM

Gaming / Euro Truck Simulator 2
« on: May 03, 2017, 09:25:44 PM »
Probably about time this got its own topic seeing as a couple of us are playing again.

I've started getting back into the swing of things after having to restart. Not sure what happened to my previous progress but I can't remember if I was that far in so its no biggie. Just hired my second driver so now I can start repaying the loan I took out to buy my own truck/upgrade my garage.

I've also been switching back and forth between my PC gamepad, my old Playstation 2/USB steering wheel (which I had never used before) and my Xbox One controller. I think I'm going to stick with my Xbox One controller though, only because I have the chat gamepad attached so I can use all the keyboard commands as well instead of being limited to the 12 or so buttons on the gamepad. It was also a pain having to change each button when I switched from controller to controller.

Red Dead Redemption 2 / Competitive Multiplayer
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:06:05 AM »
Okay so we've had bits and pieces of discussions around various parts of the forums but I want to get some ideas and thoughts together.

When the new game drops I want to organise some sort of competitive MP matches. Here is a few ideas that I've had.

One idea is to have an ongoing league type of scenario where teams play each other weekly or something and it works like a sporting league.
The other involves just having regular knock out style competitions, as well as one off contests.

For so long streaming has been left to mostly professional gamers and not the everyday fan at home with a fairly typical setup. If we can change this and have lots of people streaming competitive matches I can see it being huge and hopefully getting some kind of audience base. Kinda like an amateur version of Major League Gaming.

Obviously it looks as though it will be a lot easier on the Xbox platform because of the integrated Beam streaming and Xbox Arena which is coming but we should be able to find an alternative for Playstation as well.

Announcements / Your suggestions are wanted!
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:17:20 PM »
Hi guys,

I'm gonna be completley open and honest about this. The runnings costs of the site are moderately large and up until this point I've really tried very hard to cover them myself. I've even experimented with having ads to try and generate revenue, which didn't work out. Although I can just about continue the way it is and just get by, but thats not what I want to do. I want to eventually be able to get some items from the Rockstar Warehouse to use are prizes and giveaways. However, these things don't come for free (most of the time).

We have had a donation system set up which you have been able to use for a couple of years now, however in the last couple years it hasn't seen any activity. This is obviously because at the moment there are no incentives to donate. So here's where this topic comes in.

What would you like to see as incentives to donate?

You can suggest anything you like, although for the sake of it, try to make it reasonable. You're not going to take over the site for a week, or win a trip Australia. Let us know so we can discuss it and come up with some great incentives for donations.

Thanks team!

Announcements / Join our Mixer Stream Team!
« on: April 19, 2017, 07:14:17 PM »
Hi guys,

We've just finished setting up a Beam Mixer Stream Team and would love you all to join us!

What is Mixer streaming?
Mixer is a streaming service like Twitch or Youtube which was acquired by Microsoft last year. Since then it has been started to be integrated into the Xbox One console as well as recent updates to Windows 10 PCs. What it may lack in current userbase and customisation of encoders etc to other options such as Twitch it more than makes up for in its simple and easy to use interface. Streaming has never been more accessible to the every day casual gamer.

Sounds great. What is a team used for though?
At this stage it doesn't seem like much but its just an easy way for you to see all your favourite streamers, see who is currently streaming, and be able to switch between them. I think a visual representation may help so check our this link.
As you can see we already have a few team members and you are free to click on each one and see what they are currently streaming. This feature is also used so that other gamers can see what teams you are on because if they like what you're streaming, the chances are they might like what the rest of your team are streaming.

Okay I'm sold, how do I join?
If you've got an Xbox Live account you're already half way there. You can use your Xbox Live account to log in straight away using those credentials. Otherwise just head to and hit the SIGN UP button in the top right corner. Go through all the usual sign up steps (email, password, etc) and you'll be good to go. You can even link your Xbox gamertag up later if you want.

What's the point though? Where do you see all this leading?
Good question. As we get closer and closer to the eventual release of Red Dead Redemption 2, I have some big plans for organised multiplayer events and competitions. Along with streaming I can see a MASSIVE opportunity to show the world. Remember last game when you were organising matches and had to start taking photos on your phone of the winning page to prove you won? Imagine if you could just have an audience watching live and being able to watch the video back later. As Mixer will keep your streams for a period of time you can go back and rewatch that amazing headshot you did. Download it to your PC so you'll always have that moment to brag.
And of course, all the videos of stagecoat boating.

Do you have any quotes from someone who is new to Mixer?
Why yes I do. What a coincidence!
"It's a nice change of pace being able to have the streaming capabilities right on your dash" - @oasis17
"Streaming has never been more accessible to the every day casual gamer." - @Chalk
"You'll never get a quote out of me" - @Cheese (probably)

So sign up, check out our team and be ready to start streaming.

The Saloon (Off Topic) / New PC Build
« on: April 13, 2017, 07:04:13 PM »
I've decided I'm going to finally get around to upgrading my PC. I haven't done it in 4-5 years because it really didn't need to. For most of that time I've barely used it apart from the occasional bit of web work or photoshop stuff for work, but now that I have it back in my bedroom (previous house's room wasn't big enough) I have found myself using it on a daily basis. Although it generally runs fine for everyday use I don't think it would cope with any recent games being released etc.

Here is what I am planning at this stage. The prices are the current AUD prices from my local parts supplier. Parts and prices will probably change in the meantime as I don't anticipate buying this soon. I'm thinking more putting money away from my pay each month and looking at it in 5-6 months time.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($314.00)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($29.00)
Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($328.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($169.00)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($135.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING X Video Card  ($398.00)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($47.00)
Total: $1420.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-14 09:00 AEST+1000

« on: April 08, 2017, 06:55:24 PM »
I've been watching some streams of this on Beam lately and it looks like a lot of fun. Its currently out on Steam early access and it is coming to Xbox One (via the Preview program) and then later to PS4. If you have never seen it I highly recommend watching a few streams of it.

The idea of the game is that ~90-100 players jump into a map akin to DayZ and parachute down to where they want. They then need to go through abandoned towns, houses, etc and loot weapons, clothes, armour, ammo and medical supplies. The idea. Be the last one standing.

Although you can die quite quickly and easily, its pretty quick to jump back out and into another game. There are also some squad tactics as you can have teams working together to get a combined win.

Gaming / What games are you excited for this year?
« on: April 02, 2017, 05:52:50 PM »
As the title says. Apart from Red Dead Redemption 2. I mean, if you're here you're probably interested in that one.

For me, I'm keen to see how Destiny 2 is and how they address the issues they had with the first one (mostly with the repetitiveness and overpriced DLC). I'm hoping to pick it back up again, especially now that finding a raid group will be easy with the Xbox LFG.

The other game I'm REALLY looking forward to is Sea of Thieves. At first I wasn't sure if I would like it. But I'm hyped for it now. And that's all I can say about this one.

Gaming / Xbox Preview program
« on: March 30, 2017, 07:25:38 AM »
So I've been part of the preview program for a while now. Been enjoying trying out the new features and giving feedback and all that. One thing which excites me that its coming to the Xbox system as a built in component is the Beam streaming.

Now I've used Twitch a few times before, and have watched a little bit of stuff on Beam but haven't really tried out streaming on it much. Yet.

I'm going to try and stream a little bit when I can. Not that I intend to get a lot of followers or anything like that at this stage, but more just seeing how it works and I might do a bit more when Red Dead drops.

I've also noticed the new interface is noticeably quicker. Apparently a lot of developers were saying the "live" tile (the one on the home screen which showed your gameplay or TV whilst you looked at the page) was taking up a lot of resources.

Let's play a game. Pick a date which YOU think the game will be released and we will keep track of everyones guesses (including retailers) and see who gets the closest to the pin. Note that the winner will only be determined once the game is actually released. Not when the release date is announced in case there are any delays further down the line. The winner might even get a prize!

I'll start by going October 17th 2017.

Current guesses




19th: Ferguson99
26th: Floater

3rd: Polish retailer MediaMarket. This has since been retracted back to a placeholder of December 31st.
10th: Kirsty
17th: Chalk
20th: silebyboy
26th: Craigyroo

1st: Kazzy
15th: Mrs Marston

24th: Der Kaiser

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018
3rd: Cheese

May 2018
21st: VMB-TAN

General discussion / Seth's gold - Fan film
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:43:35 PM »
I've posted this to the twitter account a couple of times but thought I would share here too. Check out this awesome fan film that was made a couple of years back.

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Maria Katt also did a great cover, which they have also made into a standalone video.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 / Gangs in RDR2
« on: March 21, 2017, 06:34:41 AM »
So what gangs do you think we will see in RDR2? In the first installment (I'm not counting Revolver) we saw gangs like Walton's Gang and the Treasure hunters. Do you think we will see any of them return? What new kind of gangs/factions would you like to see?

Red Dead Redemption 2 / Have we found some of the actors for RDR2?
« on: March 12, 2017, 12:33:42 AM »
A few of the folks over at GTAForums have been doing a bit of research and investigation into who the possible voice actors could be. Through following some online resume type of sites, and seeing who is following who on social media we have started to gather some evidence that some people are certainly involved in the game in some capacity. Have a read through from the link below and give us your thoughts.

This is a copy/paste from Neudd's post over there. He's been one of the ones to find out so much of this information. Don't forget to click on the images that will automatically hide within the quote tags.

Quote from: Neudd from GTAForums
Back when the game was first announced with the release of the artwork resembling John, Dutch and Bill I found and posted on Reddit the information that Bill Williamson's voice actor Steve J Palmer had recently rejoined twitter in September - just before the RDR2 reveal, set his profile banner to Bill Williamson and followed a bunch of people including Dutch's voice actor Benjamin Byron Davis. As of now he still hasn’t tweeted anything though he also has an old Twitter account that does have posts.
That was all the info I posted at the time but after doing more research I’ve found some noteworthy findings that I think you’ll find interesting.
I started by looking through the short following list of Steve J Palmer, mainly looking for other actors - and thanks to his Twitter bio I easily found Irish-American actor Roger Clark. Now check this - Roger started following Steve J Palmer AND Benjamin Byron Davis at the end of January this year… now I feel like I’m onto something.
Using the website tweepdiff you’re able to analyse and compare the following and follower lists of accounts for any similarities and by doing so this is all that I’ve found so far.

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Peter Blomquist - Recognise him? He played Harlan Fontaine in LA Noire so already has links with Rockstar.

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Gabriel Sloyer Cerón - from Netflix Narcos but he also is linked with Rockstar, appearing as a minor role in GTA V.

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Roger Clark - Irish-American actor. Could this be our front and centre protagonist?

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Benjamin Byron Davis - Voice actor for Dutch in RDR.

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Steve J Palmer - Voice actor for Bill Williamson in RDR.

If you follow them all you can then look at their individual profiles for ‘followers you know’ to compare them.
Excuse the terrible formatting but to sum this up - a small group of actors, some of who have worked with each other and/or Rockstar before, are mostly all following each other on twitter…
Of course this doesn’t guarantee or confirm anything about RDR2, but in these desperate times hopefully it’s something to keep an eye on and discuss.

Source at GTAForums

Thoughts? Have we found the voice of the protagonist?

The Saloon (Off Topic) / Which former member do you miss the most?
« on: March 04, 2017, 05:45:15 AM »
Did someone leave a hole in your heart when they left? Do you spend countless nights wondering what they're up to? Is the drinking problem under control? Would you stop drinking if they came back? Will you ever trust someone ever again?

All these questions and MORE, when you tell me Who do you miss the most?.

General discussion / Red Dead Redemption quotes
« on: February 22, 2017, 05:00:57 AM »
A great game has the ability to make you feel things you never thought possible about fictional characters in a fictional world. One of the ways is by great storytelling, and with that comes great dialogue. Red Dead Redemption is filled with memorable, heartfelt, and often at times ridiculous quotes. So what are your favourites?

Some of mine are:

"My side ain't chosen. My side was given."

"We all need friends, old timer. We die alone, but we live among men."

"If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'."

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