PC gamers deserve better than a straight-up console ports.
There exists lists on the web of the worst console to PC game ports (and vice versa, to be fair), which is frightening in and of itself. It's a disturbing trend that underscores how PC players are sometimes treated like second class gamers, and it's a real shame when you consider how much flexibility the PC platform offers in terms of controls, mods, graphics, and everything else. In light of this, it's refreshing to hear Thief developer Stephane Roy promise something better for PC gamers.
From the shadows, a voice whispered in Lord British's ear. It said, "If you build it, they will come."
Good news, Ultima fans! The spiritual successor to the franchise you invested so much of your time has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. Not that there was any doubt whatsoever that Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues (SotA) would receive the necessary funding to move forward, the only question being how much money would Lord British and company have to work with. The answer? Nearly twice as much as they were seeking.
Uh Redmond, you have a problem, and his name is Adam Orth...
Microsoft has some damage control to take care of, and if any of the decision makers in Redmond have an ounce of sense, they'll issue an official statement, and perhaps an apology, STAT. For what, you ask? Well, it's never good when your games director takes to Twitter to argue with fans over sensitive subjects like always-on digital rights management (DRM), and it's even worse when he cops a condescending attitude the way Adam Orth did. Here's what happened.
Today's a sad day for any old school graphic adventurer (such as myself) who grew up wandering every inch of Maniac Mansion looking for that damned can of gas, and then finally finding it on Mars while playing Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. For those of you who know what the hell I'm talking about, understand we're a dying breed of gamer, but I digress. The real story here is in the headline. Disney, less than five months after prying Lucasfilm from George Lucas' hands for $4.05 billion, has decided to close the LucasArts game studio. Go ahead and tip your grog glass over the pavement.
Look for a new batch of games in AMD's next Never Settle bundle.
As if gamers with aging GPUs need another reason to upgrade their graphics card, game bundles from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have been providing extra incentive, and more importantly (for AMD), tempting users away from Nvidia. The next "Never Settle" bundle from AMD may include Battlefield 4, which would make perfect sense after the Sunnyvale chip designer demoed the title running on a new Malta Radeon HD 7990 graphics card.
Now all Vector SSDs are eligible for OCZ's free game offer.
It has come to our attention that OCZ Technology is no longer limiting its free Far Cry 3 promotion to just the 256GB and 512GB solid state drive (SSD) models. Those who purchase the 128GB version are now eligible as well, so no matter which capacity Vector drive you buy, you'll receive an activation code and URL to download the full version of Ubisoft's entertaining first person shooter (FPS).
At least you won't have to worry about installing Steam.
Razer is pretty stoked to let the world know that its Edge tablet for gamers will soon come pre-installed with Valve's Steam software, enabling users to more quickly tap into their existing games library. Of course, you could always download Steam yourself, but hey, we'd rather see Steam sitting there than a bunch of trialware and other bloat that OEMs sometimes like to load their systems with. Still, we have reservations about the Edge.
Console gamers await the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox 720.
GameStop chief Paul Raines referred to 2012 as a "challenging year for console gaming" in a statement related to the new and used game retailer's financial report for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 2, 2013. Total global sales stayed flat at $3.56 billion compared to $3.58 billion in the same quarter a year ago, and consolidated comparable store sales decreased 4.6 percent. With new consoles on the horizon from Sony and Microsoft, GameStop expects sales to pick up by year's end.
The infamous Humble Bundle is proof positive that not all gamers are cheapskates. You know the drill -- you donate $1 or more and, as a reward, you receive a collection of titles. Many people choose to donate more than a buck, and there are incentives for doing so, but if you're strapped for cash, nobody's going to give you the stink-eye for what amounts to legal robbery. This week's Humble Bundle features "epic THQ games."
Check out all the new screenshots in the gallery below.
Rockstar Games continues to tease the upcoming launch of Grand Theft Auto V, this time by releasing 10 new screenshots that focus on various scenery, such as a tinted sunset, a rolling sea with lighting striking in the background, daytime and nighttime skies, and more. Worried about how GTA V will look on a current generation console? These shots should put your mind at ease.