The Witcher 3 Mod Improves Evironment Textures and Draw Distance

Pretty much anyone can agree that The Witcher 3 is one of the best looking games that were released this year and that CD Project RED did a really great job on the game. But that doesn’t mean that modders can’t improve further on the game. Games with modding abilities usually draw a big crowd as it opens up to nearly endless possibilities and fixes on things that the original game might have mixed. One place that CD Project RED didn’t pay so much attention to were the environmental textures such as rocks, wood crates, and sacks, and that is where the first new mod comes into play.

The first new mod is the Environmental HD texture pack by modder Halk Hogan PL. It updates the textures of most rocks, wood crates, sacks and checkered floor in the amazing The Wither 3 and best of all, it shouldn’t affect your performance. According to the creator, the new mod didn’t affect the performance on this AMD Radeon HD7970 with 3GB memory but warned that 2GB VRAM models might experience a slight performance hit. That, however, is still unconfirmed and it might run just as well with 2GB VRAM. You can find the mod here.

The second new mod increases the overall draw distance and level of detail for a lot of in-game objects and it was created by the modder sjbox. The mod can increase the draw distance and detail levels by 10 to 40%, but it will naturally have some impact on the performance. This shouldn’t be an issue for high-end gaming systems as it reportedly only is around 5 FPS in crowded areas. When the GPU has to draw more objects, it will need some more power. That’s just logic. You can find the mod here.

You can see comparison screenshots with the two new The Wither 3 mods below:

Environmental HD Texture Mod

Draw Distance and Detail Level Mod (modded then unmodded)

GTA Player Hires Cheater to Save Him From Another Cheater

Rev Drucifer loves Grand Theft Auto V Online. It’s the only game he plays, clocking up about 80 days, real time, of time on it. It is his life. But there is one obstacle tainting his adoration, something that pushed him into taking drastic measures: cheaters.

“I wanted to start a new character/account that specifically focused on killing and keeping a high [kill/death ratio],” Drucifer told Kotaku. “I’m in a car with this guy and money bags start raining down. I realise my account is filling up FAST, so I jump out of the car… money is shooting out of my character’s arse. I’m yelling on the mic for him to stop, [but] he’s not stopping then all of a sudden [he] starts killing everyone in the lobby over and over.”

The player responsible had hacked the game in order to launch a malicious money honeytrap. Not only does such a bizarre event tempt players into picking up the spawning money, it tricks some into picking up too much, something that flags them to Rockstar Game’s automated monitoring system as a cheater, resulting in a ban. The fact the money was spewing from Drucifer’s character looked incredibly suspicious; despite him not being responsible for the event, he was kicked out of the game’s lobby.

“Normally, you’ll get a warning when other players start voting to kick you, but there was no warning, I was just OUT,” Drucifer said. “When I hit X to continue, it brought me to a Bad Sport lobby and I had $102,000,000 in my account. I had maybe a couple hundred thousand previously.”

After explaining the events to a Rockstar employee over the phone, in an effort to get his “bad sport” ranking abolished, Drucifer received the following e-mail in response:

You are receiving this automatic reply because you recently submitted a ticket to Rockstar Games Support with the term “Bad Sport” found in the text. If your tickets is not related to Bad Sports or you believe you are receiving this message in error, please feel free to respond and we will address your question.

We are sorry to hear that you are having a problem related to the Bad Sport pool in Grand Theft Auto Online. The Bad Sport pool is triggered by things like quitting games early, blowing up other people’s vehicles, and being reported manually or voted out by other players from the in-game pause menu.

The Bad Sport pool is temporary and ends after a certain period of time that is displayed when entering GTA Online. Please note that the duration of the Bad Sport period may increase if further violations occur while in the Bad Sport pool, including being reported by other players.

Rockstar Games

Drucifer was alone, and quite angry. He decided to take matters into his own hands. He sought out the most ethical modder he could find and offered them money to fix the situation for him. “I shot him a message telling him the situation,” Drucifer said. “He said he’d give it a try but didn’t promise anything. Fifteen minutes later, I was out of Bad Sport.”

Aptly Mafia-esque, it seems the community really does take care of itself.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

Microsoft Attacks Halo Online Modders with DMCA Takedowns

It only took modders a matter of days to unlock the Russia-only beta of Halo Online, making the free-to-play first-person shooter available to the entire world, but the killjoys at Microsoft have, predictably, issued these region-bypassing modders with DMCA takedown notices, with which they reluctantly complied.

ElDorado, the custom launcher that allowed players to access Halo Online from outside Russia has been pulled from GitHub, though versions of it have reportedly been found on popular torrent sites.

Microsoft has given no indication that it is considering opening up Halo Online to other regions, so it appears likely that modders will continue to find ways unlocking the game for users outside of Russia.

Source: Dark Side of Gaming