The Internet as a whole agrees on very few things: basically, Nazis are bad (and often invoked), SOPA/PIPA was bad, and man, the Mass Effect 3 ending was bad.* Showing that Hell has no wrath like an e-horde scorned, Bioware announced today that it would be releasing a new, totally free "Extended Cut" DLC this summer that adds new cinematic ending sequences and scenes to give disgruntled ME3 fans "deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes."
If you weren't quick on the draw earlier this week, you would have missed out on a firmware update for your PlayStation Vita. Sony issued a system software update to version 1.65 on Tuesday and then pulled it down yesterday because of a "technical fault." Don't fret though, there's a new software update -- version 1.66 -- that includes all the previous fixes, plus a handful more.
Cooler Master may be known best for its cases and cooling supplies, but the company also offers a fairly spiffy line of gaming accessories. Yesterday, Cooler Master unveiled a new entry in its CM Storm QuickFire line of mechanical gaming keyboards: the QuickFire Pro. As any serious gaming 'board should be, this one is all about the keys.
Now that the Nvidia GTX 680 has (finally) hit the streets, manufacturers are tripping over themselves to release cards that somehow stand out from the pack. A lot of the time, that means a custom cooling system; last week alone we saw new GTX 680s from Palit and Gainward covered in fans and heatsinks, respectively. Now, EVGA is getting in on the fun with the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Hydro Copper, a card that comes equipped with a preinstalled waterblock and a big ole factory overclock.
Dan Porter, chief executive of OMGPOP, has gone from having less than $2,000 in his bank account, to somewhere around $180 million in less than one month. That sort of money would make just about anyone feel invincible, but as he learned this week, Twitter is the great equalizer.
Sony has been understandably tight-lipped about its next generation game console, most obviously because the company is still trying to move PlayStation 3 hardware. But could another reason be that Sony doesn't yet want to reveal its planned participation in killing off the used games market? It's a subject that was touched on earlier this week, and now new information about "Orbis," the codename for Sony's next gen console, seems to suggest that Sony's all-in with the idea.
I am frightened. I am alone. I feel like there are eyes following my every footstep, stripping away chunks of my calm, collected guise as though clawing open a Christmas present. I don't think I can keep it together for much longer, but I can't run. My legs maintain a disarmingly leisurely pace, like they're trudging through a quicksand-flavored Jello mold. Will I spot a ghost first, or will it spot me? Where? When? How? I'm like a child who's afraid of the dark. The suspense makes me want to toss a blanket over my head until a Real Adult chases the Bad Things away. Unpredictability, as it turns out, is terror at its purest.
This is my third playthrough of Dear Esther, and it's the hardest hitting yet. I still haven't figured out this amorphous, ever-shifting puzzle of an island, and I don't think I ever will. Moreover, I'm not some improbable mix between a Ghost Buster, Rambo, and Wolverine. I'm not even sure if I have hands. I feel utterly powerless – all at once breathless with both awe and fear. This world doesn't revolve around me. I am not its master. I can only speculate as to what it all means and why I'm here. In a word: incredible.
Then the peanut gallery chimes in: “Wait, I can't shoot stuff? This clearly isn't a real game. Yuck.” And now we have a very, very serious problem.
Good Old Games is no more. Last time anyone said that, there were a lot more robes and hoods involved. This time, though, no one's gazing into the Internet's fiery maw and foretelling their own doom. Instead, this is more of a phoenix-rises-from-the-ashes-and-also-realizes-that-Machinarium-is-pretty-rad scenario – you know, just like in mythology. Newer big-budget games and indies will soon begin appearing on the rechristened service, with Trine 2 and The Whispered World already available and completely DRM-free. So then, why now? The short version, somewhat surprisingly, is Steam sales.
Eve Online has suffered through a sea of controversy in recent months over the introduction of micro transactions to the still fully subscription MMO, but through it all they have still maintained an otherwise loyal fan base. Never afraid to break new ground the folks over at CCP have announced that starting today, players can trade in PLEX to buy actual hardware upgrades, and the first item being offered is the NVidia GTX 560.
And by special, we mean magical jelly beans! That's what those are, right? Certainly not small objects of a more hallucinogenic and sinister nature. Goodness, no. Why, next thing you know, they'll be putting knives and guns and knifeguns in these things. But that'd just be-- oh. Oh gracious. Did he just stab that man in the... What about his family? Who will make payments on their home? ...Which just exploded. But look, hang-gliding! Isn't that nice? So, to conclude, Far Cry 3 is about jelly beans and hang-gliding and paying off loans on time with no complications. Yep. That's it. Check out the full trailer after the break. Click gently, though. The trailer's a docile creature. Don't want to frighten it.