If you play video games at home, you have Ralph H. Baer in part to thank for that. For those of you who are not familiar with the name, Baer was a video game pioneer who led the development team that created the Magnavox Odyssey, the first commercial home game console with a mere 40 transistors and 40 diodes. Sadly, Ralph H. Baer died last Saturday at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire, at the age of 92.
If you're planning to play Dying Light when it releases to the public next month, hopefully you were able to take advantage of the various Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and upgrade your PC. Publisher Warner Bros. Entertainment posted the minimum and recommended specs of Dying Light on Steam -- they're fairly heavy, especially the recommended portion, which calls for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card.
PC gamers (and PS4 players) get first dibs on Street Fighter V
Being a PC gamer doesn't come without the occasional indignity, likely crappy console ports and being left out of the equation altogether. Thankfully it's not always like that, and it certainly won't be that way when Street Fighter V comes out, or so it seems. How do we know? Capcom posted a game trailer revealing that Street Fighter V will launch exclusively to Windows PCs and the PlayStation 4.
Assuming you're not yet exhausted from all the online shopping and holiday sales that have taken place the last couple of weeks, here's yet another one. GOG's 2014 DRM-Free Big Winter Sale is going on now, and as always, it's highlighted by big savings of up to 90 percent off tons of titles, and of course they're all DRM free. And if you're tired of spending money, head over to GOG anyway and claim your free copy of the classic Age of Wonders, assuming there are still copies left.
If there's one thing gamers like to do, it's play games (duh). And if there's a second thing they like to do, it's play more game. But number three on the list would be to stream the action for friends and strangers to gawk at, which is something Twitch is very good at. Getting with the times, Valve this week announced a livestreaming service of its own called Steam Broadcasting.
Microsoft's mobile play is reportedly worth $200 million
Consumers aren't the only ones looking to make purchases during the ongoing Black Friday and Cyber Monday festivities, firms are going on spending sprees as well. One of them is Microsoft, which today announced it has acquired Acompli, a venture-backed startup in San Francisco that offers a self-titled mobile email application available for both iOS and Android platforms.
With so many people clinging to Windows XP despite Microsoft's repeated attempts to bury the legacy OS and the lukewarm (at best) response to Windows 8, it didn't seem like the latter would ever overtake the former in market share. Never say never, right? For the first time ever, the combined share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is higher than that of Windows XP, based on the latest data provided by Net Applications.
When Microsoft introduced the Windows 10 Technical Preview back in October, it requested ordinary consumers (i.e. humanity minus enterprise users and enthusiasts) to steer clear of the new operating system until the release of the consumer preview. However, it did not give a specific date for the release of the consumer preview, only saying that it would be sometime during early 2015. A much more specific time frame for the release of the consumer preview has now emerged.
Some things in life you just have to suck up and accept. You know, like having to deal with in-laws during the holidays, Fido chewing up your high tech programmable universal remote, and one day leaving this world without having played every game in your Steam library. Life is a lot less stressful if you don't fight these types of things. So with that in mind, here's a heads up that Steam's Exploration sale is going on now.