The Walking Dead has it all wrong -- zombies aren't just interested in human flesh, they also have an appetite for plants and sunflowers, and pretty much anything you put in their path. So we were taught when Electronics Arts published the highly addictive Plants Vs. Zombies game two years ago this month. If you happened to miss out on the fun, now's your chance to give it a go -- Plants Vs. Zombies is available for free on PC and Mac until May 28, 2014.
At long last, work has begun on a brand new Unreal Tournament title
Epic Games is trying out something a little different with its upcoming Unreal Tournament title, which it confirmed is now under development. In an attempt to "do something radical," Epic Games is making the game in the open, meaning you have a front row seat (and a voice) as more lines of code get added. But wait, there's more to the announcement! When it's all said and finished, the new Unreal Tournament title will be free!
Just a few months after selling off its Vaio PC division, Sony will further reduce costs by shutting down its Reader Store. It will close for good on June 16, 2014, up to which time you can continue to shop and make purchases at the Reader Store. That may seem like a silly thing to do with a closure just more than a month away, however Sony says you'll receive an email from Kobo with a personalized link that will allow you to transfer your library over.
Bethesda announces PC system requirements for upcoming Wolftenstein title
You may remember playing the original Castle Wolfenstein on a Commodore 64 system over three decades ago. Boy, have times have changed. PC system requirements have gotten more stringent with each new Wolfenstein title, and if you want to experience Wolfenstein: The New Order at a solid 60 frames per second, you'll need to bring a Core i7 or equivalent AMD chip to the party.
Just like you're supposed to do when dealing with the undead, Microsoft aimed for the head when it cut off support for Windows XP last month, the legacy operating system that's proving impossibly difficult to kill. Despite the risk of unpatched vulnerabilities (a pretty big deal) and no more tech support (largely a non-issue for consumers, but important for some businesses), Windows XP is installed on more PCs than Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Vista combined.
The GPU wars certainly heated up in the past year or so, and they don't show any signs of cooling down. It's not just a game of playing leapfrog for the performance crown anymore, either. When all things are equal (or close to being equal), game bundles can be the nudge you need if you're on the fence. With that in mind, EVGA let us know that it's giving away copies of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards.
There haven't been very many "Wow!" moments since Mozilla switched to a rapid release schedule for its Firefox browser that includes frequent updates with mostly minor upgrades. Not this time. Mozilla today rolled out Firefox 29, and with it is a brand new look and feel. Mozilla wanted to give Firefox an "elegant" design while simultaneously overhauling the layout so that it would be the most customizable version yet.
AMD's latest drivers get rid of in-game flickering in Titanfall when running a CrossFire configuration
It takes a little longer for AMD to release driver updates since deciding to abandon a monthly refresh cycle. As such, it's been a little more than four months since the last batch of WHQL-certified Catalyst drivers hit the web, and if you've been getting antsy, you'll be happy to know the wait is over. AMD's Catalyst 14.4 drivers have gone gold and are now available to download in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors for Windows and Linux.
Child protection laws prevent Cortana from interacting with kids under 13 years old
Here's something interesting -- if you're planning to purchase a Windows Phone device for your child who's not yet 13-years-old, be aware that the Cortana voice assistant software will give him or her the silent treatment. The revelation came in a Microsoft forum post in which a father asked why Cortana was telling his daughter she needs to be older to use that feature.
If you’ll allow this prospective pirate to get personal for a moment, we really didn’t want to like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Having spent far, far too long killing this and that in the ol’ Animus throughout the five previous major titles in the six-year franchise, we’re starting to get the feeling that Assassin’s Creed is borrowing a page from the Call of Duty franchise—it refuses to just up and die.
Note: This article was originally featured in the February 2014 issue of the magazine.