With Valve's upcoming systems and the various "Steam Machine" models on the horizon, the road to becoming a PC gamer is quickly becoming a clear path unmuddied by confusing hardware or frustrating setups. Now, Piixl wants to get in on the action with its new Jetpack PC, which seeks to offer a different sort of convenience: the kind you don't even have to see.
You won’t eat fresh in this subway, but it’s still pretty tasty
When Metro 2033 came out about three years ago, it didn’t make much of a splash at first. The name and cover art didn’t explain much, and its publisher did not have a Call of Duty–size ad budget. By the time we understood that it was set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow where everyone had to live underground (to avoid radiation sickness and hideously mutated beasties), Metro 2033’s moment had passed. However, probably thanks to aggressive and frequent discounts, it gained enough of a following to bring us a sequel.
Note: This review was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.
Goodie Bags, spooky costumes, and Pumpkin Moon events await
Terraria fans can get in on some ghoulish fun with the Halloween update available to PC players. We detailed this world-building adventure recently in our Most Relaxing PC Games list, so if you haven't snapped it up yet, now's a great time.
Steam's much-anticipated summer sale is officially here! Beginning today, Valve will be offering massive discounts, some up to 75% off, to a plethora of PC games on its digital distribution service. The deals change daily and some of today's hot offerings include BioShock Infinite for $30 (normally $60), Defiance for $14 (normally $40), and Hotline Miami for $2.50 (normally $10).
The excitement of E3 2013 is heating up and this year is poised to have shocking reveals, next-generation surprises, and amazing PC games. Maximum PC will be at the Los Angeles expo covering the event next week, but we couldn't wait to talk about some of the top-notch games that will surely be there. While we can't preview every PC game at the show, because we're still not 100% sure what's going to be there, we thought we'd select 13 of our most anticipated PC games from the 2013 event.
Is there a PC game that you thought we should have included in our gallery below? Let us know in the comments!
Build your own small Steam Box PC using Valve's Big Picture Mode
As PC gamers, we’re big fans of Valve Software’s Steam service and can’t imagine life without it. We’ve got a huge library of installed games, all of our friends are on it, and almost every AAA title is released on Steam, making it indispensable. The only “problem” with Steam has been that its interface was designed for sitting 24 inches away, at a monitor, making it incompatible with couch-bound gaming. Valve has rectified this dilemma with its recently launched Big Picture Mode, which slaps a 10-foot interface on top of Steam and makes it easy to control with a gamepad. Since distance and connection issues can get in the way of running your desktop PC on your HDTV screen, we’re going to walk you through a more workable solution. First, we will advise you on selecting a small-but-powerful PC that’s suitable for a living room, then we’ll walk you through selecting appropriate peripherals, and finally we’ll show you how to get it all up and running, ready for Big Picture Mode deployment.
Note: This article appeared in the Holiday 2012 issue of the magazine.
After months (years?) of rumors and whispers, it's finally official: Bethesda just announced that it's developing "Elder Scrolls Online," an MMO version of its much-beloved role playing series. Just scanning the press release's subject line sent butterflies fluttering through my stomach: can Bethesda take its superb single player universe online successfully, or will this prove to be a proverbial arrow in the knee for the series?
Last year, Valve teased gamers around the world with the promise of eventually releasing a level editor for Portal 2. The company's been frustratingly close-lipped about details since then -- until yesterday, that is. Valve announced that the level editor is shipping as a DLC offering called the Perpetual Testing Initiative, coming to PC and Macs on May 8th for the low, low price of absolutely free.
Love gaming on Linux but don't have a taste for Wine? Look for a nice hot helping of Steam-brewed titles to come to the rescue sometime in the future. After a couple of years of rumors -- and denials -- that Valve was working on a Linux port of its blockbuster Steam service, it looks like the project is actually happening. Valve recently invited Mike Larabel, the man behind the Phoronix website for Linux lovers, out to the company's offices to give him a glimpse of the Steam for Linux in action.