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.
Twitch may have turned down a Microsoft offer to join forces with Google's YouTube service
To borrow a line from "The Social Network," a million dollars isn't cool. Do you know what's cool? A billion dollars. There are a lot of cool offers being made in the tech industry, and the latest involves Google reportedly offering to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. Twitch, which is a video game streaming service, is said to be more interested in partnering with Google than Microsoft (which is also interested in Twitch) because of the potential Google's YouTube division brings to the table.
A brand new Far Cry experience is coming this fall
Enjoy the warm summer, folks -- once it's over, you might find yourself dodging bullets and other dangers in Kyrat, a "perilous and wild region of the Himalayas" where the natives are struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. That's the setting for Far Cry 4, which Ubisoft announced will ship to PC and game consoles on November 18 in the U.S. and November 20 in the EMEA territories.
We know, you already have a stockpile of unplayed games that reaches from here to eternity, all of which you picked up on sale. But who knows, maybe tomorrow you'll hit the jackpot, retire from your job, and spend the next three years doing nothing but plowing through all those titles you bought. You just never know, so it's best to keep adding to your collection. Humble Bundle makes it easy to do that, and over the course of the next two weeks, you'll see a new bundle of games up for grabs each day.
Like many old school gamers, I cut my teeth on adventure games and have many fond memories of titles put out by LucasFilm/LucasArts back in the day. I spent many hours trying to solve puzzles in games like Maniac Mansion and its sequel, Day of the Tentacle, which came out nearly 21 years ago. If you have a lunch break to spare, sit back and watch as Tim Schafer plays through part of Day of the Tentacle while offering insight into the game's design.
While you're contemplating when you'll possibly have enough time to make a dent in any of the numerous games you picked up during Steam's frequent sales, let us be the ones to alert you to yet another sale, though this time it's taking place over at GOG. You can save up to 90 percent on 100 titles as part of GOG's "Spring Insomnia Sale" taking place now, or kill some time watching as available copies are snatched up in real time.
Grab a Shield handheld console for $199 (for a limited time)
Nvidia keeps upping the ante for its promising Shield console in hopes that you'll put your chips in and cash out as a converted gamer. The latest attempt at making you take that leap is the addition of two popular titles -- as of today, Half Life 2 and Portal are both available to Shield owners in Google Play, Nvidia announced. Both run natively on Android, and according to Nvidia, the utmost care and attention was paid to every detail to ensure they both deliver the full PC experience.