Blur

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Blur
Blur cover
Developers
Bizarre Creations
Publishers
Activision
Engines
Horizon
Release dates
Windows May 25, 2010
Blur guide at StrategyWiki
Blur at Wikipedia

Key points

Online and support for this title is pretty much dead, and Twitter integration doesn't work.
Game uses its own online account system[1] and doesn't include VOIP, text chat or any other way to communicate with online players.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM v7.41.0004 DRM
Windows
Online features require registering an account in-game.[1]
This game is no longer sold digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\UI\movies\
  2. Delete or rename atvi.bik and BizarreSplash.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\bizarre creations\blur\settings.xml

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\bizarre creations\blur\save\blursave

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Can also be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA 2x, 4x or 8x.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Without vsync menus may go wild.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard layout.
Keyboard layout.
Controller layout.
Controller layout.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Two layouts only.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
The game doesn't show controller hints anywhere, only keyboard ones.
Controller remapping
Three layouts only.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Always enabled. See Haptic feedback.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Haptic feedback[edit]

Disable controller vibration[citation needed]
  1. See the Special K Unofficial Guide to install Special K.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand "Input Management", then "Gamepad".
  4. Enable "Disable ALL Rumble" and close the Control Panel.
  5. Press Ctrl+ Shift+O to disable Special K's On-Screen Display.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, music and menu.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.

Mute on focus lost[edit]

Mute in background[citation needed]
  1. See the Special K Unofficial Guide to install Special K.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand "Window Management", then "Input/Output Behavior".
  4. Enable "Mute Game" and close the Control Panel.
  5. Press Ctrl+ Shift+O to disable Special K's On-Screen Display.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Local retail version only.
Spanish
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

Network[edit]

Online features require registering an account in-game.[1]
Servers seems to be still online as of May 12, 2017‎.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Split-screen.
LAN play
20
Online play
20

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Blur for better 3D support.

Issues fixed[edit]

Unable to play online[edit]

This is an issue which involves an inability to connect to online games, caused by Blur's overly strict reliance on port forwarding.
The only reliable way to play online is to use Virtual LAN software such as Hamachi or Tunngle, the latter of which still has an active Blur community.
Play online via Tunngle[citation needed]
  1. Download and install the Tunngle client.
  2. Log in and search for Blur in the search box to the left of the client.
  3. Enter the Blur room to connect to the VLAN system.
  4. Launch Blur and navigate to the Local Area Network multiplayer game mode, where Tunngle games will then become visible.

Black screen, degrading framerate, freezes on launch, or loads endlessly[edit]

Install DirectPlay[3]
  • Windows 8/8.1/10 removes important DirectX components that Blur uses. These components can be brought back by installing DirectPlay. Without DirectPlay the game will not launch, and if put in compatibility mode, causes a framerates that slowly degrades over time. More about DirectPlay here.
(Retail) Works fine via other drives when run under Windows 8 compatibility mode or windows 95 compatibility mode (via a shortcut)[citation needed]
(Steam) Verify game cache[citation needed]
  • Verify game cache if using Steam version.
Windows 8 compatibility mode on other hard drives[citation needed]

Works fine via other drives when run under Windows 8 compatibility mode.

Skip intro videos[citation needed]

Retail installer hangs[edit]

Retail copies of the game may get stuck during the install process, specifically before the installer starts copying files from the disc. This mostly is to occur on PCs running Windows 8/8.1/10.
Installer issue
  • Copy all the files from the disc to the computer. Then install using the files on the computer.[4]
  • When the installer reaches the point of "Updating Component Registration," hit cancel and wait for the Cancel Install dialog to appear. Click "No," and the installer will continue normally.[citation needed]

Mouse cursor always visible in game[edit]

Hide mouse cursor[citation needed]
  1. See the Special K Unofficial Guide to install Special K.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand "Input Management", then "Mouse Cursor".
  4. Enable "Hide When Not Moved" and set "Seconds Before Hiding" to "0".
  5. Close the Control Panel and press Ctrl+ Shift+O to disable Special K's On-Screen Display.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D Dual Core 3.4 GHz Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or better
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 14 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600GT
ATI Radeon 1600XT
256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
Nvidia GeForce 7800GT
ATI Radeon 1800XT

References