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Online multiplayer through a broadband connection is one of the greatest luxuries of modern gaming, or at least it should be. Unfortunately cheaters threaten to ruin the experience for the population at large in any given title, and that's precisely what's been happening in Tom Clancy's The Division. Thankfully Ubisoft continues to make progress in catching and punishing cheaters. "Cheating players have been an issue for a number of you in the Dark Zone, and we’ve heard this feedback loud and clear. We are strengthening our efforts to address this problem," Ubisoft stated in a blog post. In addition... Read more...
We learned earlier this week that John Romero's long-rumored first-person shooter is BLACKROOM, and without delay, money started pouring en masse into his new company's Kickstarter campaign. That should cause nothing other than rejoicing, right? Well, not so much in this case, and while any pulling of a Kickstarter campaign can give off a vibe that the project probably wouldn't have been successful anyway, that doesn't at all seem to be the case here. So what's the deal? In talking to Develop, Romero noted that there was an obvious disconnect between the amount of hype surrounding his holographic... Read more...
A couple of months ago, Microsoft revealed that it would begin making a far greater push into gaming on Windows 10, and was planning to do that by merging the Xbox and PC worlds. At that time, the company promised that PC gamers would finally be able to play Forza on the platform of their choice, with a special Windows 10 version called Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. Since that announcement, quite a bit has happened. Despite Tim Sweeney's absolute distaste of UWP, Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, we saw the introduction of Killer Instinct last month, and Rocket League becoming playable against... Read more...
These days it seems as though all roads lead to mobile, so why fight it? Nolan Bushnell, a man with an impressive resume that includes founding both Atari and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theaters chain, is embracing the movement by taking his talents to Spil Games, a Dutch video game company. Now at 73 years old, Bushnell still has ideas bouncing around in his head, and given his past history, it would ludicrous to ignore them. Spil Games certainly isn't—as part of the newly formed partnership, the development studio will produce and publish at least three mobile games in collaboration with... Read more...
Nintendo's been working on a mysterious new game console codenamed NX, one that's been the topic of various speculation and rumors over the past year. As if any additional intrigue was needed, Nintendo revealed in its quarter financial report it will launch next year and that it will be a "brand-new concept." Let the guessing games continue. "For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed 'NX' with a brand-new concpet. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally," Nintendo stated in a blurb that was buried on page three of its quarterly... Read more...
Back in the fall of 2014, we reported that the legendary John Romero was working on a new first-person shooter. While FPS titles are a dime a dozen, it's hard to ignore someone like Romero, especially when the promise is that the main focus of the game will be its design, not graphics or other superfluous features. Today, we learn that that FPS is called BLACKROOM, and it's now ready for backing on Kickstarter. When Romero first teased this FPS, he raised some important questions: "There are unbelievable amounts of new stuff to do in that [FPS] genre. The idea of a shooter is running around with... Read more...
Whoever the Einstein was that declared this a "post PC era" needs talk to the gamers and enthusiasts that flocked to Boston Convention And Exhibition Center this weekend for the sold-out PAX East show. And in good ol' Bean Town, the Murphys might dropkick that genius for being overly impaired and "ship him off" promptly. In a record attendance of around 90,000 or so, there was plenty of console gaming going on, as well as mobile gaming on tablets and smartphones, and even board games but nothing compared to the crowds flocking around booths from major PC manufacturers and ecosystem partners like... Read more...
For what we're sure are obvious reasons, most game console makers are not fans of emulation. With an emulator in hand, you have the ability to download game ROMs ripped from the original source, which means you are playing a game you (might not have) paid for, potentially taking away profits from the original developer or publisher. That is, at least, if they happen to still sell the game in some capacity. There are a number of reasons why emulators are great though, as well. Even if you own the original games, being able to play them through an emulator is done for the sake of convenience, or... Read more...
There are myriad reasons why a game like Fallout 4 is so good, from its sheer depth to its flexibility. That latter point ties into modding, which Bethesda is happy to not just let fans dive into, but is proud to support. As one reddit user has discovered, though, there is one major caveat to be aware of if you want to use FO4 mods: no achievements. In his post, reddit user HakfDuckHalfMan notes that games in FO4 that have enabled mods are treated as completely separate from ordinary ones. An example given: If your username is John, the next time you save a game with a mod enabled, a "John [Modded]"... Read more...
When mechanical keyboards hit the PC gaming scene a number of years ago, it became clear very quickly that there was a preferred choice for switches: CHERRY. While CHERRY existed long before its switches found their way into gaming keyboards, the company has really skyrocketed in popularity in recent years as many top-flight peripheral vendors continue to revolve their product lines around the German company's switches. CHERRY's MX SPEED RGB Keyboard Switches It's become clear in recent years that just because CHERRY already offers a huge number of switches to peripheral vendors, there's still... Read more...
It's not too often that we see a game developer release a new title at the same time it's announced, but we're seeing that this week with Mojang's Crown & Council. On its blog, the Minecraft creator tells us that C&C was developed by a single member of the team, Henrik Pettersson, and as it's completely free. In its description, Crown & Council doesn't sound that different from a Sid Meier's Civilization title. With each new game, you start out small then decide whether you want to build a huge army right from the get-go, or try to survive long enough to train some brainiacs at the... Read more...
There are few games out there today that enjoy as faithful a fanbase as Counter-Strike. With each new iteration that comes along, it's almost implied that most people will move on over. Today, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive regularly ranks #2 on Steam, with an incredible 590,000 players currently in-game as of the time of this posting. While CS: GO is clearly the dominant version in terms of userbase, it doesn't mean that the older titles have been abandoned. Not even close, actually. Counter-Strike: Source currently has 10,000 players in-game, while the original Counter-Strike has 22,500. You're... Read more...
In the battle for console supremacy, it would appear that both Sony and Microsoft are getting ready to refresh their artillery with updated models. We've been hearing for some time now that Sony's readying an upgraded PlayStation 4 console that will be capable of playing games in 4K Ultra HD, and now it seems as though Microsoft is prepping a slim version of its Xbox One. The rumor has to do with the wireless chip Microsoft uses in its Xbox One. Apparently it's testing a new version of the wireless chip for an unannounced Xbox One model, as several filings with the Federal Communications Commission... Read more...
The Internet can make it sound like GameStop is one of the worst things to ever happen to gaming, but with the company's latest move, that mindset could very well be reversed. That's because with its new "GameTrust" venture, GameStop is looking to help make the process of publishing games a lot easier for indie developers. We've all heard that kind of promise before, but considering the fact that Trine's FrozenByte and Deadlight's Tequila Works have already signed up, GameStop must be doing something right. While GameTrust is in effect a game publisher, it's going to be operating differently than... Read more...
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