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Part of the reason why PC gaming continues to thrive is because of mods. Fans of franchises have proven themselves to be highly creative individuals with a penchant for creating fun mods, but unfortunately it can be a sticky situation when legal red tape is involved. That is the case facing a promising Red Dead Redemption for Grand Theft Auto V. After Take-Two Interactive caught wind of the project, it sent out a cease and desist order and shut things down. "I know this is a hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted," a modder who goes by the name Mr. Leisurewear stated... Read more...
In the early going, the Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling game console in Nintendo's history. It racked up more sales during its first two days of availability than even the crazy-popular Wii did when it launched, and rocketed to over 900,000 units sold in North America along during its first month on the market. But what about the console's long-term outlook? One of the big criticisms at the moment is the lack of third-party support. Stardock CEO Brad Wardell does not thing that is a problem.The CEO of the development studio responsible for Ashes of the Singularity and the Galactic Civilizations... Read more...
To celebrate the availability of Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition and the standalone expansion Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell on GOG for the first time, the game distribution service is giving away Saints Row 2 for free. All you have to do is head over to GOG's website and claim your copy before the offer expires on Saturday, April 22, at 3:00 AM PT (6:00 AM ET / 11:00 AM GMT). Once you claim it, the game is yours to keep for all eternity.What is neat about this offer (other than being free) is that no digital rights management (DRM) is attached to it. You can simply install the game and... Read more...
You may be in the minority if you still purchase hard copies of video games. The Entertainment Software Association's (ESA) annual report revealed that 74% of video game sales in the United States are digital. Digital content includes downloads, subscriptions, DLC, and mobile and social games. In 2016 American gamers spent $24.5 billion on content. The ESA also estimates that Americans spent $5.9 billion on hardware and accessories like VR devices. It is also believed that there are currently 65,000 employees at game companies, 2,322 developer locations, and 526 publisher locations across all 50... Read more...
If there is a downside to mechanical keyboards, it is that manufacturers have taken advantage of the category's popularity with inflated price tags. That is a shame because everyone who types should trash their squishy membrane plank and buy a keyboard with mechanical key switches. The good news is things are improving. Logitech, for example, just announced the G413, a sub-$100 mechanical keyboard for gamers that uses its fancy Romer-G key switches. We haven't played with one in person yet, but based on the press photos Logitech gets kudos for building a normal looking plank. By that we mean it... Read more...
Can you recall what you were doing in 1998, or even what PC you owned back then? For me, it was a system purchased from Sears with a Pentium MMX processor clocked at 200MHz inside. I had not gotten into the StarCraft craze like so many others, though the joke is on them—having waited nearly two decades, I can now legally grab a copy of StarCraft for free, along with the Brood War expansion. Image Source: Flickr (Daniel Garrido) Blizzard just released StarCraft and the Brood War expansion at no cost to anyone who cares to download one or both. What's the catch? There really is not much of one—Blizzard... Read more...
In preparation for the impending launch of AMD's next-generation Vega GPU architecture, which will eventually reside at the top of the company's graphics product stack, AMD is refreshing its mainstream graphics card line-up with some more-powerful Polaris-based offerings. In time, the new Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 560, and RX 550 cards launching today will supplant all of the current-generation Radeon RX 400-series cards, though these new cards are not radically different from their predecessors. Their clocks, shader counts, and memory configurations have been tweaked, but they’re still based on... Read more...
It is standard procedure for console makers to release slimmer versions of their flagship game systems. Sometimes they come with upgraded hardware, too. A recent example is the Xbox One S, a more compact version of the Xbox One with a few nifty upgrades, such as support for 4K playback and upscaling. Well, it is not just Microsoft and Sony that see the benefit in offering thinner versions of their respective consoles, Nintendo is apparently considering the same thing with its crazy popular Switch system.There are reports and chatter among analysts that Nintendo will not only shrink the Switch,... Read more...
There has never been another console quite like the Nintendo Switch. Similar perhaps, but not wholly unique in the same vein. The Switch is equal parts a living room console for gaming on the big screen television, and a portable handheld for gaming on the go. It's also more than those two things—nobody's ever huddled around a Gameboy for multiplayer action. Given the Switch's trailblazing form and function, it shouldn't be too surprising that it's now officially the fastest selling game system of all time. Tracking firm NPD Group pegs Nintendo Switch sales in the United States at more than 906,000... Read more...
NVIDIA shook up the top of the graphics card market a couple of weeks back with the release of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. In its stock, Founder’s Edition form, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti proved to be the fastest consumer-class graphics card available, but that didn’t stop NVIDIA’s board partners from quickly announcing custom versions packing even more horsepower. Case in point: The beastly Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB we will be showing you here. The Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB is the first, fully-custom, factory-overclocked (and ready to rock) GTX 1080 Ti to hit the lab, and... Read more...
Ever the elusive game console, the incredibly hard-to-obtain Nintendo Switch is prone to making surprise appearances every now and then. That was the case two weeks ago when Toys R Us announced it would have a limited number of Switch units available on Saturday, March 25 when the doors opened at 9 AM. Well, if you overslept that day or otherwise missed out on your shot to snag a Switch, Toys R Us is giving you a mulligan—Toys R Us tells HotHardware that it will again have a limited inventory of Switch consoles available this weekend. This time around Toys R Us will sell the hard-to-find consoles... Read more...
It's a funny thing, I've killed more people over the years than I care to remember. Some of them I shot down in the streets because they were invading my turf, and others I ran over with a car—it's hard to avoid plowing through pedestrians when driving on the sidewalk. Of course, all of this happened in a virtual landscape, and not once did I feel compelled to repeat my heinous actions in the real world. That's weird, because study have study have shown that in-game violence leads to real-world crimes. So, what gives? As absolutely shocking as this may sound, the studies were wrong. We'll give... Read more...
Microsoft has been hard at work making Windows 10 more attractive to gamers than it already is, and much of its effort will be on display when its Creators Update rolls out next week (you can grab it now if you're feeling antsy). But while goodies like Game Mode and Beam support are on the horizon, Microsoft is drawing the line at emulators—they're no longer welcome in the Windows Store. The change in policy was noticed by NESbox, as its free Universal Emulator was pulled from the Windows Store. Before it was yanked, Windows 10 users could download the emulator and play ROMs for the NES, Super... Read more...
After much hype and anticipation, Mass Effect: Andromeda launched to an eager crowd of gamers, only for many player to quickly become fed up with the game's various bugs. A glance at Metacritic shows a user score of just 4.8 based on more than 2,314 user ratings. The good news is Bioware has heard the grumbles and is currently readying a patch that will address many of the game's issues. Since launching two weeks ago, Bioware says it has been "poring over" comments and feedback related to the title in an attempt to see what players like about the game, and what they despise. Of course, the bugs... Read more...
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