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I didn't see the 1991 Chevy cavalier in that list :(

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tsupersonic

It's so easy to acquire credits in FM6 that it's really a non factor to me.

Well, you're not getting some of the benefits of the VIP package or car pass, which is what Andrew was getting at. Microtransactions have been a part of Forza for quite some time now. Like you said, credits are just thrown at you if you just play the damn game. 

Personally I bought my Xbox One (and 360) to play Forza/racing games, and for a media center console. So, I pre-ordered the VIP package + car pass. Why not? 

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Well, you're not getting some of the benefits of the VIP package or car pass, which is what Andrew was getting at. Microtransactions have been a part of Forza for quite some time now. Like you said, credits are just thrown at you if you just play the damn game. 

Personally I bought my Xbox One (and 360) to play Forza/racing games, and for a media center console. So, I pre-ordered the VIP package + car pass. Why not? 

Oh good point, I did get the deluxe edition that comes with the VIP and car pass, so maybe that's why I've been accumulating so many credits. I also use the Forza Hub (tier 8) and get insane amounts of credits all the time.

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Oh good point, I did get the deluxe edition that comes with the VIP and car pass, so maybe that's why I've been accumulating so many credits. I also use the Forza Hub (tier 8) and get insane amounts of credits all the time.

Yep VIP gives you double credits for every race. I check in every once in a while to Forza Hub (or Forza Rewards), and I get 300k credits on all my Forza games (tier 7)

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Vandalsquad

Have you played Forza 6 yet Andrew...? The amount of credits and free car's that get thrown at you every level is ridiculous. Can't say I've even purchased cars outside of maybe 5 :laugh:

Microtransactions are a non-issue.

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dipsylalapo

I don't think the ease of getting credits is the issue, it's more that people can buy their way to the more exotic cars without actually having played the game. It may take you a dozen races to save enough for the top tier card, but someone comes in with a credit card, buys the credit for the car. 

Microtransactions themselves have never been a problem it's the pay to win culture that's the issue. Games used to be about persevering, the sense of achievement, nailing that perfect lap to win a rare car or the credit to go towards a car, now it can be about the size of your wallet. 

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I don't think the ease of getting credits is the issue, it's more that people can buy their way to the more exotic cars without actually having played the game. It may take you a dozen races to save enough for the top tier card, but someone comes in with a credit card, buys the credit for the car. 

Microtransactions themselves have never been a problem it's the pay to win culture that's the issue. Games used to be about persevering, the sense of achievement, nailing that perfect lap to win a rare car or the credit to go towards a car, now it can be about the size of your wallet. 

and ? the game is about the journey, some people just want the end game, and can have it. it doesn't affect your gameplay and journey at all...

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and ? the game is about the journey, some people just want the end game, and can have it. it doesn't affect your gameplay and journey at all...

That may be the case in some games, but where multiplayer is involved it can affect others. 

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Nothing new these days, but it's pretty scummy to patch in micro-transactions after the review honeymoon period. 

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TruckWEB

People with money to spare will be able to buy anything they want.  I feel it's a form of cheat....

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HawkMan

That may be the case in some games, but where multiplayer is involved it can affect others. 

How? at worst you'll be racing people who don't know how to race their cars.

 

othewise you'll be racing the same bad to good drivers in their cars wether they bought them with real or fake money. you're still racing people with the same class the race is set to.

in this game it has no effect. in games like World of Warlpanes, where a single plane can cost more than a boxed AAA game the prices are stupid, but even there the game is balanced by tier of the plane, the ability to buy ammo that can only be bought with gold is a bit more iffy though, of course that's not the case with Forza 6

Nothing new these days, but it's pretty scummy to patch in micro-transactions after the review honeymoon period. 

since it doesn't affect the gameplay or the scores... umm why... 

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HawkMan

People with money to spare will be able to buy anything they want.  I feel it's a form of cheat....

They're only cheating themselves on the gameplay to get there. but some peopel just want to race top end and have no interest in racing all the low end cars or race single player races to earn money to get the cars they will use in the MP races they actually want to race. for them it's worth it to spend money instead of wasting time. 

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Point taken HawkMan :)

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How? at worst you'll be racing people who don't know how to race their cars.

 

othewise you'll be racing the same bad to good drivers in their cars wether they bought them with real or fake money. you're still racing people with the same class the race is set to.

in this game it has no effect. in games like World of Warlpanes, where a single plane can cost more than a boxed AAA game the prices are stupid, but even there the game is balanced by tier of the plane, the ability to buy ammo that can only be bought with gold is a bit more iffy though, of course that's not the case with Forza 6

 

since it doesn't affect the gameplay or the scores... umm why... 

 

Precisely why. Some reviews may have docked it a little for microtransactions. Or so MS/Turn 10 would have feared.

After the recent Payday 2 backlash to putting in microtransactions after launch and the general distain for microtransactions in $60 games protecting the day 1/week 1 metacritic score is what the big boys are after. In an industry where re-reviews aren't done/accepted, whatever score you're saddled with you're stuck with. Launch a broken game and patch it within a month? Doesn't matter, you're stuck with your broken game day 1 scores. Same goes for microtransactions in this instance.

Don't be surprised if other AAA games start doing this (looking at EA/Ubisoft in particular).

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MikeChipshop

Got to say i agree with HawkMan on this.

You see tons of rich kids sliding off the track and coming last simply because they weren't patient enough to spend the time playing the game and learning the cars. If they want to throw extra money at Turn 10 then so be it, it's beneficial to me in the long run.

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Have you played Forza 6 yet Andrew...? The amount of credits and free car's that get thrown at you every level is ridiculous. Can't say I've even purchased cars outside of maybe 5 :laugh:

Microtransactions are a non-issue.

Pretty sure he hasn't. Funny thing is, I love how people turn OPTIONS into a negative. Don't like them, don't use them. But down tread on others that might enjoy using them. I personally have no use for them because I get enough credits as it is, about 1 million a week for all my Forzas.

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How? at worst you'll be racing people who don't know how to race their cars.

 

othewise you'll be racing the same bad to good drivers in their cars wether they bought them with real or fake money. you're still racing people with the same class the race is set to.

in this game it has no effect. in games like World of Warlpanes, where a single plane can cost more than a boxed AAA game the prices are stupid, but even there the game is balanced by tier of the plane, the ability to buy ammo that can only be bought with gold is a bit more iffy though, of course that's not the case with Forza 6

 

since it doesn't affect the gameplay or the scores... umm why... 

I was wondering the same thing. Just typical negativity.

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This is bad if the current payout system has been altered.  

If the current payout stays intact (or even improves) this will not matter to most.

I don't own Forza, but a few friends of mines do, and they go at it about this all the time.  

One of them always ticked the way microtransactions were so in your face in Forza5, He couldn't stand the greed.

WHereas my other friend was like, I got family, work a lot, and so on, why can't i just *pay a few bucks* to get ahead.

I guess my being neutral, can see the argument on both sides, but I just think Microsoft should improve or increase the payout. 

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This is bad if the current payout system has been altered.  

If the current payout stays intact (or even improves) this will not matter to most.

I don't own Forza, but a few friends of mines do, and they go at it about this all the time.  

One of them always ticked the way microtransactions were so in your face in Forza5, He couldn't stand the greed.

WHereas my other friend was like, I got family, work a lot, and so on, why can't i just *pay a few bucks* to get ahead.

I guess my being neutral, can see the argument on both sides, but I just think Microsoft should improve or increase the payout. 

If someone buys their way to the top, that doesn't impact my game play at all (or other people's game play). The current payout system is not altered by the microtransactions.

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If someone buys their way to the top, that doesn't impact my game play at all (or other people's game play). The current payout system is not altered by the microtransactions.

if this doesn't impact the game in any capacity, I guess there's no argument to be had.

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if this doesn't impact the game in any capacity, I guess there's no argument to be had.

In a blog post, developer Turn 10 stressed that Forza 6's microtransactions are entirely optional and are aimed at people who want to speed up their progress. In addition, the studio has a solution for people who don't even want to know the micropayments even exist.

"Players who do not wish to see the token feature in Forza Motorsport 6 menus will have the option to disable this feature from appearing by turning Tokens off in the HUD Options menu," it said.

Forza 6's microtransactions are available through these options:

  • 100 Tokens -- $1
  • 325 Tokens -- $3
  • 575 Tokens -- $5
  • 1250 Tokens -- $10
  • 2700 Tokens -- $20
  • 8000 Tokens -- $50
  • 20,000 Tokens -- $100

Forza 6 is not the first numbered Forza game to feature microtransactions, nor is it the only AAA game to have them. In fact, it is somewhat rare today for big-name games to not have them, as is the case with the new Need for Speed. Both Forza 4 (2011) and Forza 5 (2013) also had mictotransactions, a decision that creative director Dan Greenawalt has defended.

"We don't have paywalls," Greenawalt said about Forza 5's microtransactions. "We have acceleration, and that was based on feedback from players in Forza 4--there's a small group of players that can't be bothered to do things and they have disposable income. They're the sim guys in a lot of cases. They don't want to do the career, and they don't value those aspects, and that's alright by me."

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do Microtransactions in a game.

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The argument for me was never how well it was done, just that it was a bit dubious to patch them in after reviews. It's not a trend that I want to see crop up from all the big publishers because unlike how microtransactions are done here, others seriously impact on the user experience (looking at Konami with MGS5 recently, which they didn't have live/detailed for reviews either...).

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      Image via Power BI blogHamza: Thanks a lot, Arun, I'm just going to wrap this up. As far as the future of Power BI is concerned, what more is in the pipeline for the longer term, and how do you see the platform evolving, moving ahead - especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic?

      Arun: Yeah, that's a really, really good point. I would say three things, Hamza. One is, it starts with trust and security, right? Everybody's working from home these days. Corporate data is now living on so many machines that it never used to see before. Enabling customers to be able to work securely in a remote environment is paramount because often customers put their most precious information in to Power BI. That's why we have invested deeply in Microsoft Information Protection; that's where we invested in cloud app security, that's where we added 'bring your own key'. In terms of the security capabilities that Power BI has introduced, they really have been massive over the last 18 months. And it has really helped customers, especially when COVID has hit. That's why I would say security and trust are number one for us.

      Number two is making sure that Power BI is just deeply integrated into your collaborative experiences. We really do see Teams as being the home for Power BI, where you can find your analytics, you can discuss your analytics, you can discuss your data, all of those things, just living together. Every team that's formed has a goal that they want to accomplish. Often the progress of that goal is tracked in Power BI. So, it's just such a natural fit.

      The third area is really AI, you know, with the amount of data that's available, with the frequency at which it's changing and the volume, you cannot have humans figure this out anymore. You have to have machines help humans. So, AI is where we're making a lot of progress because we're able to do things like, "Hey, automatically find the influencers that drove an outcome; automatically decompose your KPIs into the dimensions that drove the results; automatically generate a natural language summary; automatically identify anomalies." All of these things, our vision for Power BI there is that, "Hey, we should be able to tell you what matters to you. You shouldn't have to go hunting around to discover it." That's the third area we are investing in.

      Power BI has, no doubt, evolved into one of the premier business intelligence tools globally over the past five years. The focus on community-requested features has also been quite apparent in recent releases. Arun Ulag detailing how the platform currently functions, and how he sees it developing in the future under his role as its CVP certainly provided us with some unique insights. As to how the latest assortment of introductions is perceived by the business intelligence community moving ahead, only time will tell.

      The transcription of the interview has been slightly edited for brevity and relevance.

    • By Usama Jawad96
      Football Manager 2021 is not coming to the PlayStation... because Sony didn't send dev kits
      by Usama Jawad

      The Football Manager series has been a staple among fans of the sport as well as people who enjoy simulation games in general. The first title in the series was launched back in 2004 and since then, it has followed a yearly release schedule. Over the past decade or so, it has not launched on any home console.

      Now, the latest entry in the series, Football Manager 2021 is finally making its way back to current- and next-gen consoles as well. However, support for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 is notably excluded, only because Sony didn't send dev kits to the developer.

      In a blog post, the company has announced that Football Manager 2021 is coming to Steam and Epic Games Store on November 24, and people who purchase it through these storefronts will also get Football Manager 2021 Touch for PC and Mac for free. iOS and Android versions are coming soon too, with the Switch edition expected to arrive before the end of the year.

      In a surprise reveal, the game is making a return to Xbox One, Series S, and Series X as well, with optimizations for Xbox controllers in tow along with the ability to carry saves across Windows 10 utilizing Microsoft's Xbox Play Anywhere technology. This will be the first release of the series on a Microsoft console since 2008. However, a firm release date for the Xbox Edition has not been announced as of yet.

      Interestingly, mention of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 edition is completely absent in the blog post. Responding to curious fans on Twitter, the game's director Miles Jacobson stated that this is because Microsoft "asked" for Football Manager 2021 on Xbox while Sony did not. He further revealed that:

      It's quite interesting to see that while Microsoft was proactive about getting an arguably popular title to its current- and next-generation consoles, Sony could seemingly not be bothered to even send dev kits to the developer. With this being the title's first home console release in well over a decade, only time will tell whether the company made the right choice or not. In the meantime, those interested can head over to the pre-order page for Football Manager 2021 here.

    • By Hamza Jawad
      Microsoft Flight Simulator gets SDK update and new Marketplace products
      by Hamza Jawad

      Microsoft unveiled a new world update for its Flight Simulator title earlier today, featuring a refreshed look for Japan. This was hinted toward in last week's development update, with a mysteriously labeled 'Update' deliverable marked in the new development roadmap. Continuing in the same vein, the spotlight this week shines on an SDK update, a new Feedback Snapshot, new products in the Marketplace, and more.

      The Flight Simulator SDK team now boasts a larger number of members, focused on adding more functionality and improved documentation in a more efficient manner. New changes that have been introduced recently include:

      Moving on, a visually enhanced version of the Feedback Snapshot has now been released, showcasing a look at the number of votes garnered by the issues causing the most concern to the community and top items in users' wishlists. Each list features the top 20 items, with the amount of posts made regarding each of them being noted alongside as well.

      The Flight Simulator team's Twitch schedule for the next few days includes the monthly developer Q&A, an event featuring guest pilot Shinji Maeda, and a guided fly-in tour for the community.

      Moving on, the Marketplace has received four new products - three new airports and a new aircraft - and an update for the Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport which was released a couple of weeks back. Microsoft has also noted that the number of applications for its Marketplace Partner Program have now crossed the 1000 mark, with the amount of approved partners now numbering over 40.

      And finally, the Partnership Series deliverable featuring Gaya Simulations has now been pushed to next week. Going by the newest iteration of the development roadmap, the upcoming development update may also bring new episodes for the Around the World Series and the Feature Discovery Series.

    • By anmol112
      Microsoft sheds light on Edge's upcoming Sleeping Tabs feature
      by Anmol Mehrotra



      Recently we reported that Microsoft is working on a new feature that will allow users to put inactive tabs to sleep to save resources. Called 'Sleeping Tabs', the feature was recently added to Microsoft Edge Canary as well.

      Now, Microsoft has published its preliminary findings that show the benefits of using Sleeping Tabs to conserve resources. According to the company's internal testing, Sleeping Tabs showed a median memory usage reduction of 26% while using Microsoft Edge.

      Source: Microsoft Microsoft's testing also registered a 29% increase in CPU usage by normal background tabs when compared to Sleeping Tabs. These results will of course vary depending on the hardware but Microsoft is confident that it will help reduce resource and battery consumption.

      Source: Microsoft The company noted that the feature is built on Chromium's 'freezing' technology that pauses scripts to free up resources. Microsoft's version of Chromium's freezing technology puts the tabs to sleep so they can be resumed when needed and is a bit different from discarded tabs that require the page to be reloaded.

      Microsoft has also highlighted some of the activities that will prevent tabs from going to sleep. These include active tabs, intranet sites, tabs that are playing audio or capturing the screen and more. The company also noted that it will be adding a group policy to let enterprise users block certain websites from going to sleep. By default, tabs that have been inactive for more than two hours will go to sleep. However, users choose a different time interval by navigating to ellipsis menu > Settings > System.

      Currently, Sleeping Tabs is available on Edge Canary and will be coming to Microsoft Edge Dev with the version 87.0.649.0 update. As usual, the feature will be rolling out to users in phases but you can enable the feature by navigating to edge://flags and searching for 'Sleeping Tabs' after receiving the version 87.0.649.0 update.

    • By Rich Woods
      Edge Dev 87.0.644.4 is out with dark theme in sidebar search
      by Rich Woods



      Microsoft usually releases its latest Edge Dev build earlier in the week, but it can be forgiven since the team was pretty busy. This week was Microsoft's Ignite 2020 conference, the company's biggest event of the year. News from the Edge team is that the browser is coming to Linux next month.

      Today, the team released Edge Dev version 87.0.644.4. There isn't much in the way of new features, but there are a couple of things. For one thing, there's dark theme support in sidebar Search. Here's the full changelog:

      Of course, there are a bunch of fixes and known issues. Here's what got fixed for improved reliability:

      Here's what got fixed for changed behavior:

      Finally, here are the known issues:

      As always, you can force update your browser by going to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge, or you can just wait for it to be updated in the background.