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    Article or Review Author: Farmering Simulator Game version: FS19 Star rating: 0
    Welcome to our second devblog for Farming Simulator 19, due later this year. In this devblog we’ll be talking about the tweaks we’ve made to the missions system to help get you playing the way you want, faster.
    First of all you no longer need to travel across the map to interact with mission givers. A new contracts menu lists every mission that’s currently available, detailing how much money you will get for completing it, as well as what you’ll be expected to do. This means less time spent going between missions, and more doing what you want to do - farming! There are also no longer time limits on missions and you can save while a mission is in progress, so you can work at your own pace.
    We’ve also given you the option to complete missions without leasing the equipment. This has two benefits - first, you’ll get more money from the mission, as you won’t have to pay the lease. Second, it allows you to use your own equipment for missions, meaning as you build up a speciality and a garage you can take on more missions and make more money to expand your farm. Leasing is still available for the early game and those that might want to try out new vehicles before buying them.

    We’ve also added a new mission type, hay and silage baling. This will involve every step of the process, from cutting the grass to turning it into bales and finally delivering it. Weeding missions are now their own category, rather than purely a part of the fertilization process, including using the new sprayer tool on more developed weeds.
    Transport missions are also returning from Farming Simulator 15, asking you to deliver goods from one place to another throughout the map. Take a serene drive through the new landscapes of our upgraded game engine and make some money while you’re at it.
    Finally, missions are being added to multiplayer, letting you complete them cooperatively. This gives you more things to do with other players than ever before, and ties into our larger improvements for multiplayer in Farming Simulator 19.
    We hope you enjoy missions in Farming Simulator 19, either alone or with friends, when it releases later this year.

    Bullet Bill Needs a Hand

    Article or Review Author: Duckzorly Star rating: 0
    Hello Everyone 
    I just wanted to come over here and share some news with you all in relation to Bullet Bill, the author of Coldborough Park Farm, The West Coast and of course Lone Oak Farm, and a member of the great Frontier Designs crew.
    A bit over 24 hrs ago I awoke to the following post on Facebook

      Now, I certainly do not wish to take any credit, but I think this is where our Community and us as You Tubers can make a difference and pay things forward.... so I approached Bullet Bill about getting his permission to start publicising and organising a fundraising drive to replace his PC.   Let me set the record straight and clear, at no time did Bullet Bill ask, nor imply at anytime that he was putting the story out there (the Facebook post was not done by Bullet Bill btw, was just done as a news item to say he would be 'out' until such time as RL circumstances improved) as a means to make some money to replace his PC.  In my discussions with him, it took some convincing that the community would show their support, and that it was a worthy cause.  Eventually he relented and I set to messaging a few of the mates and Tubers that know and use Bullet Bills maps.  As no surprise almost everyone jumped on board and wanted to help.  I committed to commence a drive by doing a Live-stream announcement, which again was supported by a few great people not only in my community, but you-tubers like Virtual Farmer, Sim Station, Silvernews etc.....and it was also lovely to have Bullet Bill himself drop in.

    The Live-stream video in case anyone is interested is located here:   https://youtu.be/LOjFKsXTXts   Skip forward to a little over 24 hrs and I awake to find this post on Facebook:    
        Has it finished there? NO   Whilst we are getting close we just need a little bit more to top off the funds and get Bullet Bill back to where he belongs and loves to be - behind the computer putting out great quality mods for US the community.   So if you can spare some change, please consider using the link below and add some cash in.  Bullet Bill is very humble, and again in no way has this been developed as a stunt or the like - and I get the cynical posts that have been posted, and indeed some rather rude and hurtful ones indeed, but I can assure you that I would not be driving this (and it would not have the support of many of my YouTube Creator mates) if it was not 1. a worthy cause, 2. a genuine need, and 3. the right thing to do.

    So thanks to all that have supported so far, and please use the link below and show your support to someone in need - the best part is - you can rest assured that you have paid things forward, and have done a good deed for the day!     https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LKVBYVXJRS2QU   Thanks Everyone.    Regards 


    What to expect in FS19

    Article or Review Author: Wonko Game version: FS19 Star rating: 0
    The fact that rain will stop falling through the roof was the moment that decided I was buying it but heres a run down of what is confirmed so far, after searching around the inter-web so please be aware this list is not 100% & please add to this article anything that has been missed.
    Game Play
    The start up levels are interesting  One option is to start with everything, like vehicles, equipment, a farm and fields. Another option is to start with nothing but money. No farm, no equipment, no fields just money. I expect there will be other variations on this as well. It seams just about everything will be placable in our farms which sounds great I just hope the implementation is slick and logical. 
    Another cool feature is the buying of tracts of land with fields and forestry, you will not be able o chop down trees unless you own the parcel of land that the tree is on, and the placable farm stuff i.e silos etc will level the ground as they are placed almost anywhere on the map.
    Animals have been increased in FS19 to include horses that you can ride (why? there are plenty of other things that could have been included that make more sense to a modern farmer) and a dog that will be your constant companion (cool).
    This is what I like being a mainly animal focused farmer "Nav meshes (the animal areas) are buyable and placeable in different sizes. These sizes put a limit on how many animals you can have. Want more animals? Then you’ll have to pay up to expand the animal areas."
    The three fertiliser stages have been replaced with weeds that can be sprayed and removed with a weed puller or harrow, there will be soil compaction depending on the crops which will impact on the frequency of plowing, pesticide spraying and of coarse fertilising in its many forms.
    64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 2.5Ghz Intel or an equivalent AMD quad-core processor Nvidia Geforce GTX 560, AMD Radeon HD 7770, or better (min 2GB Vram, DX11 support) 4GB Ram 20GB free hard drive space Sound card DVD-Rom drive (for retail versions)  
    List of stuff we think is confirmed
    Farming Simulator 19 will be released in November 2018 for PC (Windows / Mac), PlayStation and Xbox One. No new graphics engine, but a completely / fundamentally revised GIANTS engine – changes: procedural generation of sky and horizon (dynamic sky) Clouds are 3D objects (voxels) and affect the lighting of the scenery (for example, you can predict the rain when looking into the sky as the clouds get darker) so cool Sun acts as a “real” and non-static light source and provides dynamic light and shadow (sun and moon travel across the sky) new volumetric fog Also added directly to the engine: Depth of Field HDR (High Dynamic Range) Rendering Bloom SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion) What is this??? Light scattering (light is broken by the sun) PBR (Physically-Based Rendering) Color grading / tone mapping Global Illumination (SSAO) Dynamic Eye Adaptation Graphics will once again make a significant step towards photorealism. Nearby objects are sharp and the farther away they are, the less sharp they become and the colors fade – as in a photograph. New species: horses, (dogs) meh 2 completely new maps (American environment, European environment) and a revised map (Estancia Lapacho from the LS17) 2 new types of fruit oat & cotton😯 new agricultural activities brand new mechanics  New (large / worldwide known) license partners John Deer and the loss of Case tractors  Largest (licensed) vehicle fleet ever AGCO / Fendt IDEAL combine harvester will be there Helper will be improved again heard this before new editor to customize the character new / revised mission system to help new players getting started Regular multiplayer games continue with a maximum of 16 players Crops will bend when you drive over it. No more corn stalks inside your cabin… along with no rain in buildings & hopefully vehicles FS19 will be a whole lot more immersive to play 👍 Tractors are grouped into HP classes in the shop. useful When buying stuff from the shop, you’ll get a 3D preview of the machinery. Any configuration changes will show as well, prior to buying. nice Still, inside the Farming Simulator 19 shop, you can move and zoom the camera. Vehicle seats have been given a suspension animation. Throttles and brake pedals are now animated, at least in the 3rd. person view. There will be hoses connecting various tools/tanks to each other, and to the vehicles. Hoses are attached automatically. Equipment will eventually show signs of wear and tear. The working speed and the strength of tractors will decrease over time. Vehicle interior will have cab lighting and dashboard illumination. AGCO’s IDEAL harvesters is confirmed for FS19. There will be a Fendt IDEAL, and a Massey Ferguson IDEAL combine. Samson (Danish manufacturer of slurry tanks and muck spreaders) is making its Farming Simulator debut. Not all of the FS17 DLC vehicles and equipment will carry over to FS19.  

    Battlefield V

    Article or Review Author: Wonko Star rating: 0
    I have always enjoyed playing FPS games especially after playing Battlefield 2142 many years ago, and since that first game of online mayhem I played many many hours of COD and all its variants as well as most of the Battlefield series. But I got fed up with some of the decisions the game makers made and seriously fed up with the attitude and hacking from quite a large part of the gaming community to the extent that I basically have not really played any since the early days of Battlefield 4, just the occasional foray back in to BF3. For me although these games are FPS I still liked to think and play tactically and try and use the terrain to my advantage rather than just gun and run but the games have never really allowed you to do this effectively until possibly now with BF5 on the horizon (October 2018). These guys in the second video talk about the cool stuff we can do in this new version of the BF series
    I love the idea of squad play with the added befit of being able to prepare proper defences and move heavy equipment around on the battle ground, I know we are a Sim game community but if anyone is interested in joining a PC-SG squad to play some war simulation instead of ploughing a field then lets me know I'll grab my rifle and park the JCB in the barn for a few hours

    Cattle and Crops and Blender

    Article or Review Author: Jim Estep (Scoops) Star rating: 0
    During my usual nightly routine of watching YouTube Videos, I came across this one. It shows how they used Blender to make vehicles in the new Farm Sim platform, Cattle and Crops. If you do not know what Blender is...a free 3d computer graphics software program. I have really been trying to learn this . The learning curve is really steep and by no means can come anywhere close, to what these guys do. You may have visited my YT page and saw the playlist Blender, that is all I can do right now.  I just thought you might enjoy seeing how it is done, and how difficult it is.   https://youtu.be/cHjf-YmIBCs

    Beast streaming microphone

    Article or Review Author: JOSH NOREM Star rating: 0
    I thought this article would be of interest to some members.
    BY JOSH NOREM  Be sure to visit IGN Tech for all the latest comprehensive hands-on reviews and best-of roundups. Note that if you click on one of these links to buy the product, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.
    Updated: January 2018
    So you want to enter the world of streaming, podcasting, or both. You've already got a burly PC that can handle this level of action, but now you need a way to record your buttery voice. Most people's first instinct is to just save money and use the microphone attached to their headset, but that's a newb mistake. Those microphones are not the best quality, usually, and as you know from listening to things online, poor audio quality is an instant tab-closer. Plus, that microphone might be fine for recording your voice, but what if you want to interview somebody, or record several people gathered around a table? To do that, and to sound professional just in a general sense, you're going to need a quality microphone.
      Of course, the world of high-end audio is a rabbit hole of sorts that can have you purchasing all kinds of expensive gear in a never-ending quest for the perfect recording, but it doesn't need to be that way. You can get by just fine with a USB microphone when you're starting out, and even when you're well along your way too. If you decide at some point you want more control over the audio portion of your content, you can start adding mixing boards and microphones with XLR input and all that jazz. But you don't need to start out there. We know this because we reviewed five of the most popular microphones being used today, and also have experience with podcasting and streaming too, and based on our testing we're able to recommend the best microphone you can use right now. 
    The Best Microphone  
    The Best Microphone - Blue Yeti
    Read our review See it on Amazon See it on Amazon (UK) The Yeti microphone from Blue offers a near perfect combination of performance and price, making it our top pick for anyone getting into the game of streaming and podcasting. At just $127 (street), it's not thatexpensive and it includes cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional capture patterns, so it can capture pretty much anything you need it to without breaking the bank. It's also a USB microphone, so setup is super easy, and we also dig the fact that it has gain control and comes in a bunch of nifty colors. For fledgling and even advanced streamers/podcasters, the Yeti does everything you need it to do at the right price, with fantastic performance too.   
    Other Great Options  
    The Best Entry-Level Mic - Blue Snowball
    Read our review See it on Amazon See it on Amazon (UK) The Snowball USB microphone from Blue is easily the best way to get into quality audio recording without spending more than $60. This little guy includes a desktop stand that's height adjustable, so you can plug it in, plop it down, and start recording right away. It only offers omnidirectional or cardioid capture patterns, so it's not as flexible as a more expensive mic, but it's perfect for capturing your voice or that of a few of your cohorts huddled around it. It's available in four colors and can even be mounted to a traditional mic stand if you want to get a bit fancy.  
    More Great Options  
    XLR Mic for Podcasters - Audio Technica AT2020
    Read our review See it on Amazon See it on Amazon (UK)  
    The Audio Technica AT2020 is a cardioid microphone that requires an XLR cable, so it's not plug-and-play like a USB mic. You'll need to plug it into a mixing board, and also buy the aforementioned cable, so it's more of a pro setup than the mics above, but if you're looking to something more advanced the AT2020 is a great way to get started. It's not the best for streaming but if you're jam is podcasting we highly recommend it as long as you're willing to fork over some bucks for all the extra gear it requires.
    Great multi-pattern USB Mic - Razer Seiren Elite
    Read our review See it on Amazon See it on Amazon (UK) Razer's Seiren Elite is a very good USB microphone, and it will look right at home alongside your BlackWidow keyboard and DeathAdder mouse. It sports independent controls for both volume and gain, and has four capture patterns too so it's perfect for almost any recording situation you can think of. It even includes a nifty LCD so you can see which pattern is selected at a glance, and it can sit on your desk or if you want to get fancy Razer offers a shock mount and pop filter too.  
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