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).
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.