Items tagged with RTS

If you haven't been paying attention to the StarCraft world lately, it may be easy to think that StarCraft II - the game that came out seven years ago - may be winding down. Of course, we'd have to ridicule you for having such thoughts, because this is Blizzard we're talking about, and its games have some true staying power. There's also the fact that Blizzard has since released three full-fledged expansion packs, with the final one, Nova Covert Ops (split into three mini packs), wrapping things up last November. Blizzard now feels that the time is right to make the game free-to-play.... Read more...
Attention all Age of Empires fans, we have some fantastic news. Age of Empires 4 is in development for Windows 10 PCs. The announcement was made yesterday that the game is being developed by Microsoft Studios with Relic Entertainment in charge of the project. The franchise has been without a new title since 2005 when Age of Empires 3 launched; the first entry in the franchise was all the way back in 1997. The other main title in the Age of Empires franchise was published in 1999 and was Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings. All three of those games were developed by Ensemble Studios, which is no... Read more...
When video games hit the mainstream news, it’s usually just more fuel for the tired “Do games increase violence?” debate. But a new study focuses on games from an entirely different angle: how action games affect “cognitive flexibility.” The finding suggest that certain action games – like Blizzard's StarCraft – might actually help players improve their cognitive capabilities in the real world. If you haven’t printed out this article yet so you can show your spouse, get on it. StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. Image credit: Blizzard Researchers Brian... Read more...
As a kid of the 80s, I dreamed of playing video games professionally - long before it was commonplace. Movies like The Wizard might have helped with that, along with the legendary Nintendo World Championship. Little did I realize at the time, pro-gaming was most certainly going to become a very big thing in the future, with no current sign of its rapid growth slowing down anytime soon. To help put things into perspective, Business Insider posted a list of the world's 15 most successful pro-gamers, in terms of their overall winnings. Looking over this list, it's easy to draw up a couple of simple... Read more...
When Blizzard announced that they were splitting Starcraft II into three titles, Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void, the general reaction from fans was controversial. The fear was that Blizzard would pad out the contents of each game with busywork missions and red-herring plot devices, while charging full price for each. The company later clarified that the second campaigns would be priced like expansion packs. Heart of the Swarm is the first chance we've had to see if Blizzard's expansion strategy would result in the same quality of game play. Wings of Liberty (WoL) launched... Read more...
When Blizzard announced that they were splitting Starcraft II into three titles, Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void, the general reaction from fans was controversial. The fear was that Blizzard would pad out the contents of each game with busywork missions and red-herring plot devices, while charging full price for each. The company later clarified that the second campaigns would be priced like expansion packs. Heart of the Swarm is the first chance we've had to see if Blizzard's expansion strategy would result in the same quality of game play. Wings of Liberty (WoL) launched... Read more...
I've recently beaten Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (watch for the review, coming soon). The ending of the game has been discussed a fair bit, with the main question being whether or not Sarah Kerrigan -- the onetime Queen of Blades, absolute badass, and the focus of the campaign -- is treated poorly in the final moments. There's no way to discuss the events without spoilers, so I'll warn everybody now -- if you don't want to read about the game's conclusion, don't scroll down. Kerrigan at the beginning of the game The Swarm Endgame: Kerrigan, crushing pretty much everything Starcraft II: Heart... Read more...
The Wii Fit is all the rage these days. Selling like hotcakes, it was only a matter of time before another company tried their hand at virtual fitness. The first up to the plate is video game giant Electronic Arts. EA has unveiled its take on fitness. Unlike the "eastern" oriented Wii Fit, which focuses on balance and stretching, this "western" styled fitness game takes a more cardiovascular approach to fitness.  EA Sports President Peter Moore has geared the game towards women, especially mothers, and aims to give people a more strenuous workout by distracting them with the fun of video games,... Read more...
DRM (and lawsuits) aside, Spore has sold a ton of copies. In late September Electronic Arts (EA) said it had already sold 1 million copies (combined PC, Mac and Nintendo DS) sales since shipping on September 7th, despite DRM "Protest Creatures" and critical end user reviews at stores like Amazon.com.Slightly over a week ago listings for something appeared at both Amazon.com (since removed) and GameStop appeared, showing a add-on pack called the Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack. There was a ship date of November 18th, but no additional info, and no word from EA about it. Showing up on the EA Store... Read more...
For the past few months, I have been participating in a campaign created by the folks at Toshiba and Federated Media designed to help users get answers to their laptop-related questions. You may have seen the banners here at HotHardware from time to time. The LaptopExperts website born from the campaign was created to provide a central location where users of any type of laptop (not just Toshiba) can enter their questions and get answers from myself and the other "experts" participating in the program.Over the course of the campaign I have tried to answer user submitted questions pertaining to... Read more...
In case you don't know, an upskirt photo is one taken surreptitiously by pointing a camera upwards and ... well, we're hoping you can figure it out on your own, as well as the analogous downblouse photo.For some reason, with the advent of high-resolution camera phones, the practice of upskirt and downblouse photos have become very popular in Japan.  According to freelancer Nobuyuki Hayashi, the iPhone omitted this "feature," - a silent shutter sound - possibly explaining its wild popularity in that country.  All right, all right, it's popular everywhere.  Sue us.At any rate, the... Read more...
A study on laptop loss at airports was just released, and we don't know what is more depressing: how many laptops are "lost" at the airport, how few of the "lost" laptops have their data protected, or how few of the "lost" laptops are ever recovered. The Airport Insecurity: The Case of Lost Laptops report was conducted by the Ponemon Institute and was sponsored by Dell. The report finds that "business travelers lose more than 12,000 laptops per week in U.S. airports." That works out to over 62,400 laptops per year. If the average business laptop costs $1,200, then roughly $749 million worth of... Read more...
Las Vegas's Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino becomes the second commercial location to sport Microsoft's Surface devices--table-top, multi-touch-input computers. The first commercial implementation of Surface was this last April in select AT&T stores. "Harrah's will deploy a suite of their own customized applications and be the first to install Microsoft Surface in an entertainment venue, providing guests with uniquely personalized and engaging social experiences. Their most ambitious application is 'Flirt' which uses strategically placed video cameras to create an exciting new way to initiate... Read more...
If you've always desired to channel your inner James Bond, you'd be well-advised to check into the Gen H-4. Billed as the "world's smallest one-man helicopter," the flying machine with two rotors allows a pilot to zip through the air with ease. Operators are standing by to take your order.The Japanese-designed H-4 will set you back a cool $59,500 -- but that's a small price to pay for the chance to hover above the crowds on your way to work. On the downside, your hard-earned dough only nets you a kit, which you have to assemble on your own.According to the AFP story, they've sold a total of 7 units... Read more...
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