Pre-order pages suggest a GTA V release to PC is imminent
Rockstar Games has stubbornly kept any possible plans to release Grand Theft Auto V to the PC platform close to its vest, but if history tells us anything, a Windows port is coming. Need more proof? Just direct your browser to some overseas online retailer pages where GTA V for PC is being flaunted for pre-order. These aren't just sketchy vendors, either -- Amazon.de is currently accepting pre-orders for the unannounced port.
Any research firm that tallies game sales but neglects to include digital copies isn't really painting a full picture of the landscape. That's less of a problem these days than it was a few years ago, and to put the impact of digital sales into perspective, market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts digital PC and Mac game revenue will exceed $24 billion by 2017.
We don't normally take much time to gush about too many games here at Maximum PC, but there's one that just may enhance that sense of holiday cheer that's brewing inside you -- especially for fans of the retro 16-bit aesthetic. It's called Fa'el: Beyond the Gate, and it's am ambitious PC release from independent developer Miguel Angel Perez Martinez. It also happens to be one of the coolest things you'll probably see today.
Gaming has long been a driving force on the PC, though sometimes it's easy to forget when companies put so much focus on dedicated consoles. Even Microsoft is guilty of turning its back on the PC gamer to some extent. Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted as much, saying he and his company "lost our way a bit in supporting Windows games," but that's in the past. Looking ahead, Spencer and company have found renewed interest in PC gaming.
Back near the end of September we reported on zombie apocalypse sim State of Decay as it made its way to Steam via the Early Access Program. Now it's time for the game to graduate into the real world on November 5th, which means it's one step closer to an official release.
21 spooky gaming moments to spice up your Halloween
We've all had moments during a particularly awesome scary PC game where we've been caught by surprise. We've had moments of sheer terror, when our hearts find their way into our throats and make a home there, and the sweaty, shaking hands to prove it. We keep going back though, because we want more.
It's official, Steam is more popular than Xbox Live
Valve today announced that its Steam digital distribution platform is experiencing tremendous growth and is now home to over 65 million accounts. Active accounts are up 30 percent during the trailing 12 months on Steam, which offers over 3,000 games and software titles. The achievement gives Steam bragging rights over Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which currently boasts 48 million members.
Valve sent out an email to members of the press announcing its upcoming Steam Dev Days conference, a two-day event for video game professionals to satisfy their geek in a relaxed, off the record environment. They'll have access to industry expertise, be able to participate in roundtable discussions, attend lectures by industry veterans, and even try out (and provide feedback for) Steam OS, Steam Machines, and Steam Controllers.
Oh Rockstar Games, why must you tease PC gamers by forcing them to watch their console brethren play Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the only two platforms it's currently available for? It's not being cocky to point out that today's PC hardware is leaps and bounds more advanced than what the Xbox 360 and PS3 are toting, so why not match the brilliant open world of GTA V with the awesome hardware that's out there? Well, history tells us that Rockstar Games will eventually do exactly that, and according to Intel, it probably won't be long.
Authors of a new study claim that playing complex scenarios in StarCraft, a popular real-time strategy (RTS) game, can enhance cognitive flexibility. The reason the study focused on StarCraft specifically is because to be successful, the player must cope with simultaneous and rapidly evolving game situations and sub-situations occurring in real-time while managing funds, resources, and information about the opponent. It's a lot to juggle and requires fast thinking.