Disappointing financial results prompted John Riccitiello to step down as EA's chief.
The well documented issue with EA's SimCity launch may not have directly led to John Riccitiello's decision to resign from his position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the software publisher he's served for the past six years, but perhaps it hints at deeper problems, not the least of which is EA's view on Digital Rights Management. Since taking over as head of the company, EA's stock has fallen more than 60 percent.
So you've played Team Fortress 2, but have you played it while wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset? It wouldn't have made much sense to do so up until now, as Valve just announced a VR mode to the free-to-play title that it plans to release in the coming days. In doing so, Team Fortress 2 becomes the first game to officially support Oculus Rift, a VR headset that raised more than $2.4 million in funding on Kickstarter last summer.
Dead Space is among the titles SimCity gamers can choose to download for free.
Electronic Arts (EA) screwed up the launch of SimCity in a big way, and the company knows it. Well, sort of. It's not as though EA had an epiphany that overly restrictive Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes, such as requiring an always-on Internet connection, potentially cause more problems than they solve, and for that it should feel ashamed. But the games publisher is willing to admit that it was woefully unprepared on the server side to enforce its draconian DRM measure, and for that, it's throwing free games at disgruntled customers to compensate.
It's been more than two years since the last SupCom2 patch. Is there something more at play?
If you needed an excuse to revisit Supreme Commander 2, a real-time strategy (RTS) title that debuted to PC just over three years ago, here it is. There's a new patch available and it promises to fix a bevy of AI issues and improve game play in a number of areas, not to mention a reworking of the economy, which our sister site PC Gamer says is the biggest change of all. That's all well and good, but what should we make of the timing of this patch?
Strategy veterans announce Kickstarter campaign for a new team-based, action-strategy game.
Developer Petroglyph is hoping to raise $700,000 through Kickstarter to fund Victory, a World War II team-based, action-strategy game set where the gamer collects companies of units and does battle in quick online matches. Petroglyph's team is mostly comprised of former Command & Conquer developers. They have nine titles under the collective belt and two more in development, including Victory.
With a little help (and a lot of cash) from nostalgiac gamers, Lord British will hop back into the RPG saddle.
It's been a long time since I played an Ultima game. In fact, Ultima VI: The False Prophet was the last in the franchise that I logged any significant time with (anyone remember typing in "spam spam spam humbug" to access the cheat menu?), though there have been several follow-up titles since then. A series of events led Ultima creator Richard Garriott to sell the rights of the franchise to Electronic Arts and ultimately separate himself from the company, though not from the world of RPGs. Provided his Kickstarter campaign can raise $1 million -- and it likely will -- the man known as Lord British will again look to shake up the RPG universe.
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell is probably sitting in a room right now looking over the various Linux titles available on Steam and, in his best Mr. Burns voice, saying "Excellent" with his fingers clasped together. With the introduction of Counter Strike: Condition Zero (CS:CZ) to Valve's Linux catalog, the number of Linux games available on Steam now sits at exactly 80 titles, Valve announced in a blog post.
The number of Linux users on Steam more than doubled last month.
Fearing Microsoft will build a walled garden around Windows 8, Valve co-founder Gabe Newellbeganfocusing Steam development on Linux, and that effort is starting to show up in the real world. To wit, the latest Steam Hardare Survey reveals that Linux usage on Steam has more than doubled in February, jumping from 0.8 percent a month prior to 2.02 percent currently.
As if it needs said, this isn't your typical review.
Square Enix is planning to release a new Tomb Raider game on March 5, 2013 for the PlayStaton 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows, which will be the first in the franchise to receive an "M" (Mature) rating. In another first, the new Tomb Raider title will make use of AMD's TressFX Hair technology, resulting in the most realistic hair in a video game you've seen to date. Should you rush out and buy it? To help you make that decision (or, more accurately, to provide a few laughs), talk show host Conan O'Brien reviewed the upcoming title.
StarCraft II themed peripherals from Razer are back once more.
If you missed out on your chance to pick up a StarCraft II-themed gaming mouse, keyboard, or headset, Razer's giving you another chance. The gaming peripheral maker today announced the re-launch of its StarCraft II peripheral lineup in anticipation of Blizzard's StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion that's due to release on March 12, 2013. All three peripherals, now available, are geared for real-time strategy (RTS) games.