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Time is of the essence here, but depending on when you're reading this and how fast you can manipulate your mouse, DiRT Showdown for PC can be added to your games collection for free, courtesy of the Humble Store. The freebie title is part the Humble Store's winter sale going on now, though if you want to grab the game at no cost, you have to act fast—the offer is valid only until 1:00 PM Eastern (10:00 AM Pacific) today. In addition to getting the racing game for free, the giveaway comes with a 10 percent off coupon for new subscribers to Humble Monthly. That one you have a little more time to... Read more...
At long last, Nintendo provided some nitty-gritty details on its forthcoming hybrid console, giving fans a precise release date and price point. The Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, with pricing in the United States set at $299.99. It will come with the main console, two Joy-Con controllers, a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a dock for connecting the Switch to a TV, an HDMI cable, and an AC power adapter. As seen in the picture of the retail packaging above, there will be second color option to the gray set that has already been showcased. Gamers who want a splash of color will... Read more...
Nintendo is planning to livestream the launch of its hybrid game console tonight, the Nintendo Switch, which will get underway at 11:00 PM Easter (8:00 PM Eastern). That is when we will presumably learn some key details about the console, such as exactly what kind of hardware is underneath the hood, if the battery will be removable or a permanent fixture, and so forth. Nintendo will then start taking pre-orders on January 13 at 9:00 AM Eastern, though good luck getting one. Assuming you'll even be in the New York area, Nintendo made clear that there will be a "limited quantity" of units made available... Read more...
Gamers will have a new console to choose from in a couple of months. It is the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid gaming system that is built both for playing games on a big screen TV and for portable gameplay. Nintendo has not yet announced a price for its forthcoming system (along with a lot of other details), though according to Japanese-language news report, consumers should expect to pay around 25,000 yen (around $215 in U.S. currency). That is a roundabout estimation by Nikkei, the same Japanese-language paper that revealed key details about several of Nintendo's previous game consoles ahead of their... Read more...
Do you need something to fill your time as you wait for Bioware to wrap up work on Mass Effect: Andromeda? You could revisit Mass Effect 2 or play through it for the first time. Either way, it will not cost you a dime as Electronic Arts is currently giving away the Standard Edition for free through its Origin digital distribution platform. All you need is an Origin account and you're golden.Mass Effect 2 is this month's "On the House" promotion in which EA gives away a new title monthly basis. The timing of this one is appropriate because the much anticipated followup, Mass Effect: Andromeda, is... Read more...
The long and arduous wait for Bioware's space epic Mass Effect: Andromeda is nearly at an end. That is because the game finally has a release date—Aaryn Flynn, General Manager of Bioware announced today that Mass Effect: Andromeda will launch in North America on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. It will then release a couple of days later in Europe on Thursday, March 23. "We appreciate your patience (and in fact, even your lack of patience in some instances) as we’ve been focused on completing the game," Flynn stated in a blog announcing the release date. It has not always been easy for eager fans anxiously... Read more...
You have to hand it to Valve, it created an ecosystem that virtually solved the tug-of-war over digital rights management (DRM) between publishers and consumers, making everyone happy in the process (mostly, anyway). As the largest digital distribution platform for games, Steam puts Valve in a unique position to pulse the industry at large and share interesting stats. Now is one of those times, as Steam's homepage currently lists the top 100 best selling games of 2016. The list is a reflection of the top games as measured by gross revenue, not user ratings (though they often align). This is the... Read more...
Certain moments in gaming sure can make a person feel old. The 20th anniversary of Blizzard's original Diablo game released on December 31, 1996, is one of them. To celebrate two decades of hellish hack and slash gameplay, Blizzard will place special in-game events and goodies into Diablo III and some of its other popular gaming franchises, including Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft. "These events and items will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to check them all out before they’re gone," Blizzard announced in a blog post. Here is a... Read more...
Back in the 1990s, PC gamers first experienced the thrill of hopping into an X-Wing and engaging Imperial pilots in intense space combat. Now more than two decades later, a group of modders is giving the original Star Wars: X-Wing game a fresh coat of paint by remaking the simulation using Unity engine. A longer than 14-minute video showing actual gameplay footage of their progress has us itching to see the final product. The project is being put together by the XWVM community and is meant to replace the old DOS or Windows executable. To avoid any legal hassles, the mod requires that players own... Read more...
With just a few months to go before Nintendo releases its next generation game console, the Nintendo Switch, we still know very little about the system. Much of what has been gathered about the Switch has been the result of leaks and online detective work by savvy individuals who willing to comb the web for clues. One of the newest ones was found in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and it points to the Switch using a non-removable battery. "The battery is had (sic) built-in in the EUT, and the user can't remove the battery," reads a blurb in one of the documents Nintendo... Read more...
Gamers of the 1980s are likely to recall Double Dragon, a beat 'em up arcade scroll game that traded bare knuckle action for quarters. It may not seem like that long ago, but once 2017 rolls around, it will have been 30 years since the Double Dragon series popped up in arcades around the country. Yeah, that makes us feel old, too. We're also stoked because there is a new Double Dragon game, Double Dragon IV, headed to Steam and PlayStation 4 next month. That's right, the old school series is making a comeback and this time you won't need to lug a pocket full of quarters anywhere. Arc System Works... Read more...
Popular mobile games such as Pokemon Go helped make 2016 the biggest year in digital games and playable media ever. Counting all games across all platforms, the market reached $91 billion this year worldwide, with several different sectors showing tremendous growth rates, according to a new report released by market tracking firm SuperData Researcher. The games and playable media audience is one of the most valuable and most engaged demographics, the report claims. A little bit of research easily confirms this. According to Statista, global box office revenue tallied $38.3 billion in 2016, which... Read more...
It seems as though Crytek is having a cash flow problem again. The company announced on its website that it is making a "series of changes to its future business plans" as it looks to refocus its efforts on developing games and game development technology. As such, it is planning to shutter five of its seven studios, leaving its Frankfurt and Kiev locations as the pillars that will prop the company up going forward. Crytek will continue to focus on and develop CryEngine, its popular game engine that has both been used to create titles in-house (Far Cry, Crysis, Ryse: Son of Rome and so forth) and... Read more...
Nintendo is planning to launch a brand new game console in just a few months, one that will attempt to bridge the gap between stationary and mobile gaming, but do not expect the new system to be faster than current generation consoles. The Switch, as it is called, is said to sport a graphics chip based on NVIDIA's previous generation Maxwell architecture and will be slower the original PlayStation 4 that Sony launched three years ago.Building a game system around Pascal might seem like the obvious choice so why didn't Nintendo go that route? Since the Switch is a hybrid console that gamers can... Read more...
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