If we had a dollar for every Steam key PC Gamer has given or plans to give away this summer, we'd be freaking millionaires living it up like Lloyd Christmast and Harry Dunne. More precisely, we'd have five million dollars. That's because PC Gamer has teamed up with Bundle Stars to give away five million Steam keys in five weeks. Our sister sister kicked off the promotion last week by announcing the availability of one million StemChem keys. Now that we're in week number two, PC Gamer announced that it's handing out a million Steam keys for Dino D-Day.
Looking for something to do this weekend? If your'e a PC gamer, you have options. For one, Steam's Summer Sale is underway, which means adding more games to your library than you'll possibly have time to play. If you'd rather not spend a dime but still want something new to play with, good news -- Titanfall on PC is free to play for the entire weekend! We're not talking about a teaser demo, mind you, but the full game.
A better decision than trading them in at GameStop
Could you imagine if Michael Thommason would have taken his more than 11,000 video games to GameStop? Most of the games in his collection would probably have been rejected for being too old. Instead of going that route, Thomasson wisely took his games to auction where they fetched $750,250. That's a hefty sum for what's officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records 2014 Gamers Edition as being the biggest games collection in the world.
Palmer Luckey says VR gaming needs to be at least 60 frames per second
If you're pulling 30 frames per second in your game, it's playable, though you don't want to dip much below that. Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey has a different number in mind for virtual reality. According to Luckey, VR gaming needs to be in the neighborhood of 60 frames per second -- at 30fps, he considers it a failure and calls it a bad artistic decision. His opinion isn't necessarily limited to VR gaming, either.
Valve didn't do its hardware partners any favors by delaying the availability of its in-house developed Steam Controller, which by extension means everyone else has to push back the launch of their respective Steam Machine systems until next year. Bummer, right? Well, yes, but Alienware isn't letting the delay mess up its mojo. Instead, Alienware took its Steam Machine design and ran with a configuration that runs Windows, plus a custom 10-foot UI during boot for accessing music and movies. We took a closer look at the Alienware Alpha Console at E3.
Quick, pinch yourself to make sure this is really happening. After months and months of basically dodging questions about when Grand Theft Auto would release to PC, Rockstar Games finally acknowledged that it would happen, and even gave a general time frame. Announced at E3, Rockstar Games said GTA V will ship to PC this fall, along with versions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.
Over 11,000 games collected during the past 25 years
As recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records 2014 Gamers Edition, Michael Thommason is the owner of the world's largest collection of video games, though not for long. Thomasson's record collection of 11,000 games is up for auction and will change hands to the winning bidder, provided the reserve price is met. That hasn't happened yet with the high bid sitting at $50,000.
Steams updated FAQ warns that some Early Access titles may never finish
The new message from Valve regarding Steam Early Access is 'caveat emptor,' more or less. More specifically, Valve decided to update its Steam Early Access FAQ page to warn gamers that some titles may never end up finished and released, so don't make a purchase unless you're stoked to play the game in its current form. Apparently Valve felt it was a necessary clarification following the Earth: Year 2066 fiasco.
Watch Dog's appetite for video RAM seems to be the root cause of performance problems on the PC
After all the anticipation and patient waiting, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs title arrived on PC and several different game consoles earlier this week. Unfortunately, performance on the PC isn't up to par. Users have complained of lag, stuttering, and weird graphical anomalies when playing Watch Dogs, all of which appear to be due to the game's heavy reliance on VRAM. That's the bad news. The good news is that a performance patch for Watch Dogs on PC is coming.
Gamers on Steam's digital distribution platform have shown a willingness to embrace the Early Access model, which entails paying for a game before it's finished and being allowed to play beta or even alpha versions in return. The developer then uses those funds to complete the title, and may take into consideration feedback it's received from Early Access gamers. GOG is also looking into the Early Access business model, but there are some hurdles to figure out.