The infamous Humble Bundle is proof positive that not all gamers are cheapskates. You know the drill -- you donate $1 or more and, as a reward, you receive a collection of titles. Many people choose to donate more than a buck, and there are incentives for doing so, but if you're strapped for cash, nobody's going to give you the stink-eye for what amounts to legal robbery. This week's Humble Bundle features "epic THQ games."
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Rockstar Games continues to tease the upcoming launch of Grand Theft Auto V, this time by releasing 10 new screenshots that focus on various scenery, such as a tinted sunset, a rolling sea with lighting striking in the background, daytime and nighttime skies, and more. Worried about how GTA V will look on a current generation console? These shots should put your mind at ease.
Lots of people game on the Wii, but trying to climb a leaderboard while going wee is something entirely different. A British company called Captive Media invented a "Urinal Gaming System" that features a "pee controlled" video screen, adding a bit of fun and excitement when men go to empty their bladder. Yes folks, this is a real thing, and it may gain traction among sports franchises.
Play as popular DC Comics characters reimagined, such as Nightmare Batman.
Turbine Entertainment is developing an all-new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game featuring a deep roster of DC Comics characters, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced today. It's called Infinite Crisis, a free-to-play game in which you'll battle other players in the DC Multiverse using a wide variety of heroes and villains that are "twisted incarnations" of their regular selves, such as Nightmare Batman and Gaslight Catwoman.
Valve found a way to include gamers in the development process of new titles.
Sure, any old Joe with enough funds can go out and purchase a finished game to play at his leisure, but you typically need to have a foot in the door with a developer to test upcoming titles before they're made available to the general public. Valve is doing its part to change that with a new "Early Access" initiative that allows Steam gamers to purchase, play, and provide feedback for select games that are still in development.
Disappointing financial results prompted John Riccitiello to step down as EA's chief.
The well documented issue with EA's SimCity launch may not have directly led to John Riccitiello's decision to resign from his position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the software publisher he's served for the past six years, but perhaps it hints at deeper problems, not the least of which is EA's view on Digital Rights Management. Since taking over as head of the company, EA's stock has fallen more than 60 percent.
So you've played Team Fortress 2, but have you played it while wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset? It wouldn't have made much sense to do so up until now, as Valve just announced a VR mode to the free-to-play title that it plans to release in the coming days. In doing so, Team Fortress 2 becomes the first game to officially support Oculus Rift, a VR headset that raised more than $2.4 million in funding on Kickstarter last summer.
Dead Space is among the titles SimCity gamers can choose to download for free.
Electronic Arts (EA) screwed up the launch of SimCity in a big way, and the company knows it. Well, sort of. It's not as though EA had an epiphany that overly restrictive Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes, such as requiring an always-on Internet connection, potentially cause more problems than they solve, and for that it should feel ashamed. But the games publisher is willing to admit that it was woefully unprepared on the server side to enforce its draconian DRM measure, and for that, it's throwing free games at disgruntled customers to compensate.
It's been more than two years since the last SupCom2 patch. Is there something more at play?
If you needed an excuse to revisit Supreme Commander 2, a real-time strategy (RTS) title that debuted to PC just over three years ago, here it is. There's a new patch available and it promises to fix a bevy of AI issues and improve game play in a number of areas, not to mention a reworking of the economy, which our sister site PC Gamer says is the biggest change of all. That's all well and good, but what should we make of the timing of this patch?
Dishonored is a refreshingly stealthy change of pace in a first-person-shooter market crowded with Call of Battlefield-type games that seem like they were produced by Michael Bay. Don’t get us wrong—we love blowing stuff up, and we love killing terrorists, but sometimes we like to take a break from the frantic action and unwind with a night of stealthy throat slitting and neck snapping. After all, a man’s got to relax. This is what Dishonored delivers; a game based on stealth, tactics, and the delightful task of mastering a broad range of mystical abilities, providing us with a much-needed change of scenery in an FPS landscape dominated by desert warfare shooters, Borderlands 2 notwithstanding.
Note: This review was originally featured in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.