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      Baldur’s Gate 3 bug caused by game’s endless mulling of evil deeds

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 28 November, 2023 - 18:07 · 1 minute

    Baldur's Gate 3 character Gale staring mournfully at the camera

    Enlarge / Conscience do cost, as a certain fictional denizen of Baltimore's East Side once said. (credit: Larian Studios)

    One of the best things about playing Baldur's Gate 3 ( BG3 ) is the way that it simulates the feeling of having an actual Dungeon Master overseeing your session. The second-person narration, the dice rolls, and even the willingness to say "Yes" to your quirkiest ideas all add to the impression that there's some conscious intelligence on the other side.

    But consciousness can sometimes be a curse, and a recent patch to BG3 introduce burdensome complexity into the game's thinking. Essentially, the game was suffering from lag and slowdowns as players progressed because the game's decision engine couldn't stop assessing previous instances where a party member had gotten away with theft, murder, or other nefarious deeds.

    The performance issues have affected some players ever since Patch 4, released on Nov. 2 with more than 1,000 changes . One of those changes was a seemingly small-scope, situational bit: "Scrying Eyes in Moonrise Towers will now only react to theft and vandalism if they see the crime being committed." The floating orbs in that area were, apparently, ignoring players' best attempts at sneaking, invisibility, or other cover-ups.

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      Review: D&D: Honor Among Thieves is a worthy homage to the classic RPG

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 31 March, 2023 - 20:37

    Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez star as Elgin (a bard) and Holga (a barbarian) in D&D: Honor Among Thieves

    Enlarge / Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez star as Elgin (a bard) and Holga (a barbarian) in D&D: Honor Among Thieves . (credit: Paramount Pictures)

    Of all the films due for release this spring, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves was one of my most anticipated premieres, solely on the strength of those killer trailers. The film does not disappoint. It's a fresh, good-humored, energetic, and vastly entertaining fantasy/action/comedy, boasting a stellar cast and solid emotional core that serves as a worthy homage to the famous RPG that inspired it.

    (Some spoilers below, but no major reveals.)

    Honor Among Thieves is set in the hugely popular Forgotten Realms campaign setting. The film's official premise is short and sweet: "A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people."

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