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).
If your two favorite things in this world are Star Wars and Angry Birds, brace yourself because we're about to blow your mind. The two mega franchises are joining forces, so to speak, in a new game appropriately called Angry Birds Star Wars, and it's launching next month! According to Rovio, the upcoming title will combine the elements from Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space with the characters, stories, and settings of the Star Wars universe.
In a roundabout sort of way, Super Mario finally made the jump to PC, albeit in an unofficial and oddly entertaining capacity. We're talking about the Super Skyrim Bros. mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which we reviewed at the beginning of the year (the game, not the mod), and it's exactly what it sounds like. Princess Toadstool once again finds herself captured by Bowser, and it's up to you to save her by traveling through Mushroom Kingdom and beating up Goombas using a Plumber's Hammer, Staff of Fire Flower, and Staff of Frost Fire.
Gabe Newell now famously referred to Windows 8 as a "catastrophe for everyone in the PC space," which could work out great for Linux users. Based in part on fears that Microsoft will erect a walled garden around Windows 8 and lock out developers who don't want to play the Windows Store game, Valve has been hard at work trying to port Steam over to Linux, and the first beta run will kick off in October.
Listen, this is Maximum PC, not Maximum Xbox 360 or Maximum Console, so obviously we're a little biased when it comes to which platform is the best for gaming. So is boutique builder Digital Storm, for that matter, but as Shakespeare wrote, "Truth is truth, no matter how much console gamers disagree" (it's pretty amazing he had the foresight to write about consoles way back when, isn't it?). So pardon Digital Storm for stating what we consider the obvious, and enjoy the company's infographic detailing exactly why PC gaming rules.
The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii might not be the best of friends, but together, the trio own the living room when it comes to gaming. The question is, for how long? Devices like Ouya, a $99 Android console, threaten to whittle away at the big three's userbase, though perhaps the biggest threat will come from cable companies. AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable are all reportedly getting ready to roll out cloud-based gaming service.
Joe the smug console gamer can take his PlayStation 3 and stick it in a very unpleasant place, we'll stick with PC gaming, thank you very much. We've spent years honing our keyboard and mouse skills, two of the most deadliest weapons in the hands of a PC gamer, which is why peripheral makers put so much focus on them. Even Corsair, a company best known for its memory and power supply products, is getting in on the fun.
There’s a two-way street of animosity that runs between many console gamers and PC gamers – but at the heart of things, aren’t we all just gamers? Can’t we all just get along? If our high-horse appeal to reason doesn’t sway you, consider this: a trio of multinational Minecraft freaks has showed us The Good that can happen when we set our virtual pickaxes aside and embrace both console and PC games, in the form of pixel-perfect recreations of Super Mario Land, Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and more, using only stop-motion and millions of Minecraft blocks. These videos will boggle your mind.
Here in the red-pill real world, the scenery’s a bit hit and miss. For every beautiful beach resort, there are a hundred ho-hum forgettable towns. Multiplayer maps in blue-pill PC gaming land suffer from the same problem. It shouldn’t come as a surprise; with hundreds of games sporting thousands of maps, most of them are bound to be filler. A few diamonds manage to rise above the mountain of coal, however, and they offer an amazing experience that simply begs to be played over and over again, preferably while wearing bright blue megaarmor and wielding a rocket launcher.
Just how gory do PC games get nowadays? Spoiler: Get your umbrella. There’s a great crop of titles in the PC gaming universe that are guaranteed to make you squirm—either through a combination of their bloody mayhem, the actual method you go about killing someone (or being killed yourself), or the creativity a game puts into your hands and the decision it forces you to make about another character’s life.
Are all of the games on our list blood-spraying fountains of mayhem? Nope! But each and every death we’ve highlighted comes with its own special reasoning as to why it’s particularly brutal to watch. It goes without saying, but the videos we’re featuring are not for the squeamish! You’ve been warned.