All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘PC gaming’

Goat Simulator Launch Trailer Parodies Dead Island

Dead Island was one of the biggest disappointments of 2011. The game itself wasn’t bad – it was actually quite good. The disappointment came from how amazing the debut trailer was compared to the final game. Well, one of the most anticipated games of 2014 has recreated Dead Island’s debut trailer and I have a feeling the final game won’t …

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Microsoft Hasn’t Given Up On PC Gaming Just Yet

In August of last year, it looked like Microsoft was finally getting serious about PC gaming again when it hired former Steam boss Jason Holtman. Those hoping for a PC gaming renaissance from Microsoft were met with disappoint last month when it was revealed that Holtman would be leaving Microsoft after only six months on the job. While his departure …

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Titanfall Is About To Get A Little Prettier On The PC

Titanfall is not an ugly game. It’s not exactly a pretty game either. Its use of the decade old Source engine ensures that it sits somewhere in the middle instead as a strong aesthetic makes up for its lack of cutting edge effects. Understandably, PC gamers demand more from their games though and Nvidia is helping to deliver that. Nvidia …

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Alienware, Crytek Team Up on Lighting Software

By and large PC gamers simply want the best hardware they can afford to play the best-looking and best-performing games on any platform. Like with any hobby, though, there are those who take things further and need the aesthetics of their rig to reflect its internal power. For those people there is Alienware, the company that built its name on …

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‘Shadowrun Returns’ Expansion Out Today

In the early days of gaming Kickstarter projects, Shadowrun Returns was one of the most successful. Gamers and industry figures watched as Harebrained Schemes raised $1.8 million and delivered a solid game. As a simplified turn-based tactical game with an old-school isometric view and text storytelling Shadowrun Returns was exactly the type of game many PC players had been missing …

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‘Deus Ex: The Fall’ is Coming to PC

Square Enix today announced that Deus Ex: The Fall will be coming to PC on March 25. The game will be available through Steam on that date and will cost only $10. The Fall is an ambitious first-person action game that Square Enix released for mobile platforms in 2013. The game is set during the same time period as Deus …

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‘Daylight’ Coming to PS4, PC on April 8

Leave it to the indie market to pick up the slack from larger publishers. The Amnesia series has proven that the survival horror genre is not dead, spawning a new trend with games such as Outlast and Slender. Zombie Studios today announced that the next entry into the non-combat survival horror genre is set to scare gamers this spring. Daylight …

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Harmonix Unveils “Music Driven” Shooter ‘Chroma’

It’s been years since the Rock Band and Guitar Hero have been relevant. Like true rockstars the plastic instrument genre was a sensation that came on fast and burnt out before its time. Since then Harmonix has been finding more success in its Dance Central titles and fans of the studio have been wondering if the developers may have something …

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Jason Holtman Leaves Microsoft After Only Six Months

Microsoft and PC gamers aren’t the pals they once were. With the introduction of Games for Windows Live, Microsoft ensured that pretty much every PC gamer on the planet went to rival platforms, like Steam or Origin. It seemed like Microsoft intended to win back those PC gamers last year by hiring Steam’s content licensing boss Jason Holtman, but now …

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‘Shadowrun Returns’ Expansion Coming February 27

As one of the earliest Kickstarter video game campaigns, Shadowrun Returns has been quite a success story. Developer Harebrained Schemes managed to more than quadruple its Kickstarter goal and then finish the solid strategy RPG in a timely fashion. The game provided fans with a solid (if a bit short) campaign and a platform on which to build their own …

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PC Gaming Revenue to Hit $24 Billion by 2017

Throughout the last few years console game revenue has been falling. Much of this has been attributed to the rise of smartphone and tablet gaming, though the extended length of the previous console generation no doubt bears some of the blame. At the same time, PC gaming has seen a resurgence. Console games ported to PC during the past few …

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SimCity Is Finally Getting An Offline Mode

One of the biggest blunders of 2013 was the launch of EA’s SimCity reboot. The PC game required an always online Internet connection which the developers at Maxis claimed was due to the game using cloud computing to generate cities in game. It sounded good on paper, but the launch was plagued with connection time outs and various other problems …

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‘Metal Gear Rising’ Coming to PC on January 9

Early in 2013 Konami released Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for consoles. Breaking away from the traditional “tactical espionage action” of the mainline Metal Gear Solid series, Revengeance is a fast-paced hack ‘n slash starring controversial series character Raiden. Today Konami finally announced the release date for the PC version of Revengeance: January 9. The PC version of the game will …

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Steam Holiday Sale Has Begun, ‘Arkham Origins’ Half Off

During this year’s Black Friday holiday shopping weekend, PC gamers were treated to this year’s Steam Autumn Sale. As expected, this sale was a small taste of the much larger sale that was to come. Today Valve launched its 2013 Steam Holiday Sale. Prices on a huge selection of PC games are at the lowest level they will be at …

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‘Star Wars Attack Squadrons’ Announced For PC

Though Star Wars games in recent years have been more about role-playing and dancing, Star Wars games do have a bright history of arcade-style space combat games. Today Disney announced a new title that draws on the history of the Tie Fighter, X-Wing, and Rogue Squadron games. Star Wars: Attack Squadrons will be coming to PCs next year. The game …

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‘Just Cause 2’ Multiplayer Mod Comes to Steam

Grand Theft Auto V wowed gamers this year with its massive video game representation of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. The fictional Los Santos, however, doesn’t hold a candle to the sprawling islands of Panau, the setting of Just Cause 2. Players in that game can take several minutes crossing the game map in the game’s fastest vehicle – …

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Steam Machines Will Ship Out On Friday, Beta Participants To Be Notified Today

Earlier this year, Valve introduced the world to its vision of bringing PC gaming to the living room with SteamOS and Steam Machines. While hardware makers won’t have Steam Machines on the market until next year, Valve said it would be sending out 300 prototype machines to beta testers at some point in December. Turns out that “some point in …

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‘The Walking Dead: Season 2’ is Coming to PC on December 17

The sequel to one of the most critically-acclaimed games of 2012 will be released in less that two weeks. More specifically, the second “season” of Telltale’s The Walking Dead adventure game will be released for PC on December 17. Though Telltale hasn’t officially announced the release date, the game is now listed on Steam with the new release date. Just …

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‘Final Fantasy VIII’ Out Today on PC

Square Enix today announced that Final Fantasy VIII has been released as a downloadable title for PC. The game can be found on Steam and currently costs $12. As the follow-up to the beloved Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII is often cited as a step back for the Final Fantasy series. The game’s story is generally incomprehensible, featuring floating …

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Here’s The First Third-Party Steam Machine

Earlier this year, Valve announced that it would be getting into the “console” market with the Steam Machine. As its name implies, it takes the PC and stuffs into a box that even the PC illiterate can understand. For now, the only Steam Machines in existence are those built by Valve, but third-party manufacturers will start releasing their own hardware …

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Valve Introduces Steam Reviews, Beta Goes Live Today

Are you one of the many jaded, cynical gamers that just can’t trust game critics anymore? Do you find more truthiness in the words of your fellow gamer? Well, you will be pleased to know that Valve is now introducing a new system in Steam that lets users write and curate reviews for every game on the service. Valve announced …

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Steam In-Home Streaming To Enter Beta Soon

Back when Valve first announced SteamOS, it said that users would be able to either play PC games on its own Steam Machines hardware or stream games from another PC in the house to the television. While Steam Machines won’t go on sale until next year, Valve is now letting interested users register for the Steam In-Home Streaming beta. Valve …

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Console Digital Revenue Set to Overtake PC This Year

With the coming next-generation video game consoles from Microsoft and Sony, both companies are looking toward a future where much of the industry’s sales come via online stores. Though Microsoft’s scheme to lock down the Xbox One with DRM and cut out used game sales did not go over well with consumers, digital storefront sales on both consoles are expected …

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Xi3 Piston Brings PC Gaming To The Living Room On November 29

Last week, Valve revealed its plan to take over the living room with a three pronged attack – SteamOS, Steam Machines and the Steam controller. SteamOS will be out this year, but Steam Machines will not. The original Steam box that was shown at CES this year will though. Xi3 announced today that its Piston Micro PC will launch on …

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Valve’s SteamOS Gets The NMA Treatment

Yesterday afternoon, Valve announced SteamOS. It’s an open and free Linux-based operating system built specifically to play PC games. Valve reportedly has the support of many major industry players, and will be rolling it out this year. Before that, though, you must be wondering what everybody’s favorite Taiwanese animators think about Valve’s move into the standardized gaming market. Well, wonder …

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Valve Announces SteamOS, Brings Your PC To The Living Room

Last year, Valve attempted to bring Steam to the living room through Big Picture. It worked well enough, but it required you to plug your PC directly into a TV. With its next breakthrough, Valve will now bring your PC to the living room through a dedicated operating system. This afternoon, Valve announced SteamOS – a Linux-based operating system that …

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Frostbite 3 Engine Brings Beautiful Destruction to Battlefield 4

At the recent Gamescom 2013, the folks at VG247.com had a chance to sit down with the creative director for DICE, Lars Gustavsson to discuss some of the concept of Levolution in the upcoming Battlefield 4. During the interview, Gustavsson could hardly contain his excitement while discussing how the Frostbite 3 engine will impact players, thanks to dynamic environments that …

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As PCs Tank, Gaming Hardware Sales Are Steady

PC shipments are falling, and fast. Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system was not enough to save PC manufacturers from a disappointing holiday season in 2012, and the quickly rising tablet market is beginning to cut out PC sales for consumers who would use them for only simple tasks, such as email and web browsing. While this is bad news …

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Gameplay Video Offers An Extended Look at Payday 2

While the upcoming Payday 2 may not inspire rabid reactions in the vein of whatever iteration of Modern Warfare you’re enjoying, it’s hard to deny the appeal of the game that lets players cooperatively take down valuable scores. With the first iteration whetting the appetites of many PC gamers, it’s almost time for Overkill to deliver the second installment of …

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The Steam Summer Sale Is Here; Steam Currently Getting Crushed

If you’re a gamer, or, if you don’t like titles, someone who enjoys playing video games, today is something like Christmas. At least it should be. The reason for the “Christmas in July” feeling is, quite simply, because it has begun. That’s right, the Steam Summer Sale is upon us and if you haven’t had a chance to bask in …

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