Linux fans are free to do the open-source shimmy today in celebration of Valve announcing the launch of a limited access Steam for Linux beta. Valve invited experienced Linux users to sign up for the closed beta in October and claims to have received over 60,000 responses in the first week alone. The first round of beta participants has already been selected, though more gamers will be added throughout the course of the beta, Valve says.
Now that Surface RT is here (and Surface Pro not far behind), it appears Microsoft wants to turn its attention to the 7-inch tablet market next, but with a twist. Unlike the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook Tablet, Microsoft's 7-inch slate -- dubbed Xbox Surface -- will be squarely aimed at gamers, the same ones who go out and buy handheld gaming consoles like the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.
Stuck on a gift idea for that special gamer in your life? We'll be posting a geek gift guide in the near future, but until then, consider the GameMaxx Hydrating Game Controller. What the flip is a hydrating game controller, you ask? It's exactly what it sounds like, assuming your idea of such a device is a giant controller about the size of a phonebook with a 5 amp adjustable fan and mister built in. Oh, and did we mention it holds up to a gallon of gaming refreshments?
Croteam CTO Alen Ladavac is the latest game developer to lash out against Windows 8, and he did so by posting a rather lengthy message on Steam's forum. Ladavac was commenting in a thread dedicated to a new Serious Sam 3 patch, and he sort of went off on a tangent, complaining about the tiled interface in Windows 8, the certification process, and age restrictions that have prevented titles like Dishonored and Skyrim from appearing in the Windows Store.
The talking heads at Valve continue to downplay the importance Windows plays in the future of PC gaming, pointing instead to Linux as an alternative in progress that's gaining steam (and Steam, for that matter). Serving as the latest indication that Valve has a growing affinity for Linux, software engineer Drew Bliss talked up the open source platform during a presentation at the Ubuntu Developer Summit.
Microsoft will soon give gamers the option of paying just $99 for an Xbox 360 console with 250GB of storage when they agree to sign up for a 2-year Xbox Live Gold membership at $14.99 per month. It's the same deal Microsoft rolled out for its 4GB Xbox 360 console with Kinect motion camera a few months back, and is one of three subsidized pricing options gamers will have to choose from.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is out to kick some ass this holiday shopping season by socking the competition with a one-two combo that consists of a new performance-enhanced Catalyst driver package (version 12.11) and some really sweet game bundles. As part of the Never Settle Game Bundle, you can receive up to three games for free, plus get a coupon for 20 percent off Medal of Honor Warfighter with the purchase of select graphics cards. Ready for the best part?
On a recent road trip across the Midwest headed towards the East Coast, I happened by a jerky outlet selling exotic meats, such as elk, kangaroo, and even gator jerky. Off to the side in the same shop were PETA t-shirts, though upon closer examination, they read People Eating Tasty Animals. I thought, 'Ah, of course.' The real PETA -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- has a sense of humor too, which it most recently used to develop a parody video game called Pokemon Black & Blue where kids can help "Pikachu and his Pokemon pals fight their cruel oppressors and gain their freedom." No joke.
The artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg who recently renamed himself Snoop Lion (we prefer to acknowledge him as the Dee Oh Double Gee from the L-B-C) is a PC gamer, though he doesn't roll his own rigs. There's nothing at all wrong with the latter, especially when your dealer is Maingear, a boutique builder that uses only the finest ingredients and never laces its high grade gaming machines with crapware, bloatware, and other unsavory substances.
Throughout history, wars and plagues have wiped out entire cities and civilizations, leaving behind nothing but corpses and tears. Strangely enough, the same thing happened yesterday in World of Warcraft when hackers took advantage of an exploit that allowed them to march through various realms, destroying every character they came across, even non-player characters (NPCs).