Gwent, for those wondering, is the game of chance that you play in The Witcher: Wild Hunt – Collector’s Edition – Xbox One (there’s a reason why I put up the Xbox One link: keep reading).  It’s basically a digital CCG that is simultaneously absurdly anachronistic and sweating-blood engrossing.  Which is why Tycho at Penny Arcade is going nuts over it; and why he wrote this:

I was going to say that, unlike many digital card games – ones that play with the mutable data of the cards themselves, or “summon” cards from a superset you don’t own – there’s no reason why this game couldn’t be played on a table.  Except we know it can be, because the Xbox One version I never considered for a fraction of a second includes physical decks in its collector’s edition.

Indeed, there is currently one – one – available on Amazon right now (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt *2 Gwent Card Decks* from Collectors Edition Xbox Version), and if I had eighty bucks to throw at it I would.  They absolutely must sell these decks.  Absolutely.


It was and is remarkably quiet today.

Which is fine by me: quiet is, in point of fact, a good thing. Quiet means that nothing bad has happened. I am in favor of nothing bad happening.

Of course, it also means that I have nothing to amuse people with, unless I pull stuff from The Witcher. And, let us be honest: there’s very little that’s less interesting than a second-hand video game story when you’re not playing the game. Well, the glitches can sometimes still be funny, sure – but that’s about it, really.

Moe Lane

PS: I’m beginning to get the impression that they may have overstated just a bit how powerful a machine I’d need to play this game. On the bright side, the frame rate is awesome.

So, yeah, my computer is now officially not computer enough for games.

Specs for The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt are now out:

Minimum System Requirements
Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660
AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB

Recommended System Requirements
Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770
AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB

Via Penny Arcade. It… may be time for another pledge drive. Continue reading So, yeah, my computer is now officially not computer enough for games.

New Witcher: Wild Hunt trailer.

As I just explained to my wife – who thought that what she was hearing was this fake movie trailer parody of Moby Dick done all fantasy-like – CD Projekt Red is Central European, which means that their idea of over-the-top is a little bit different than either the American or the Japanese idea of over-the-top. Still gonna buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, though:

Via AoSHQ.

Steam, what did you *think* was going to happen?

The Witcher was a popular game. You took the latest version – the one that had the graphics cleaned up, new-to-North America content, all the bugs repaired, the inventory fixed, and two new adventures added – and then offered it for sale for two dollars and forty nine cents.

Of course everybody in the universe bought a copy. Isn’t this kind of impulse buying part of your business model?



Moe Lane

Is this what Witcher 3 is going to look like?



CD Projekt RED announced today that they have a new version of their REDengine. Unsurprisingly titled REDengine3, the press release describes it as being created for, “RPGs set in vast, open worlds with improved tools for spanning truly non-linear stories that are based on real player choices and consequences.” Our colleagues over at RockPaperShotgun took this as an insinuation that this will be what’s powering the as-yet unannounced Witcher 3, and that makes a whole lot of sense given that description. CD Projekt has hinted at a possible Witcher 3 reveal in recent weeks.

For those who don’t know, The Witcher was one of the better computer RPGs to come out in the last decade, not least because it had an authentically Middle European late medieval vibe to it AND was largely disinterested in sanitizing the time period.  The sequel (The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings) had better visuals and more soft-core nudity, but the game mechanics were (in my opinion) not as good.  Still, a lot of people have been waiting for that sequel, and this might be an example of what we’ll be seeing.

Well, what we’ll be seeing if our PC gaming rigs can handle the strain.  I might have to Xbox this one.

So… Jade Empire.

Did it suck?  I’m running out of The Witcher and I can’t seem to get my head around Deus Ex: Human Revolution.  I keep ending up being stuck crouched behind a box on my first mission, out of Goddamned ammo, and being shot at by people who HAVE ALL THE GODDAMNED AMMO IN THE GODDAMNED WORLD…

Sorry.  I have issues with games where I keep dying before I can even level up once.