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Developer Bluehole Studio is giving PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUGB) players a heads up that camping outside the main play area will soon come at a heavier cost. With an upcoming patch, players who wander outside of the main play area and find themselves in the so-called "blue zone" will see their health drain more quickly than before, as Blue Studio gets ready to dial up the "Damage over Time" (DOT). "We have received a lot of feedback asking for improvement of the blue zone. We have decided to adjust the blue zone damage to encourage engagement inside of the play zone. From this new update,... Read more...
Retro gaming is hotter right now than it has ever been, as evidenced by the wildly popular (and pint-sized) NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition consoles from Nintendo. However, Nintendo is not the only one getting in on the action. Microsoft announced at E3 earlier this year that Xbox One's backwards compatibility would be expanding to include games from the original Xbox. Thanks to a recent Twitter post by a notorious Microsoft leaker, we now know exactly which Xbox games are headed. Twitter user WalkingCat got his hands on a screen capture of several original Xbox titles that are headed... Read more...
There is a big update for the Nintendo Switch that is rolling out now. The new update (version 4.0.0) adds some nifty new features and functionality that Switch owners have been asking for since the hybrid console came out, the most significant of which is the ability to capture video from games (it was already possible to save screenshots, but not video). This does not work with all games right out of the gate—that is the case with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, however a future game patch to version 1.3.0 (up from the current 1.2.1 release) will introduce support for it.While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is perhaps... Read more...
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Activision a patent for an online matchmaking scheme that is designed to encourage players to spend money on in-game items. By matching players with purchased items against non-paying players, the assumption is that both players will have incentive to spend money upgrading their characters' abilities and weapons. "A system and method is provided that drives microtransactions in multiplayer video games. The system may include a microtransaction arrange matches to influence game-related purchases. For instance, the system may match... Read more...
PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) just keeps getting better, and apparently more addictive. Having only days ago setting a concurrent user record (1.5 million) on Steam, where the game is available in Early Access form, PUBG has now set yet another one with 2.3 million players simultaneously logging in and playing the title. The game has become so popular that the team at Bluehole responsible for the game have spun off into their own company, called PUBG Corporation. The new concurrent record is almost three times higher than the 877,000 concurrent users PUBG logged back in August. At that time,... Read more...
Almost everything that was cool or hip a long time ago eventually comes back in style. So it goes with retro gaming, and no company knows that better than Nintendo, which has been rebooting classic games with miniaturized versions of legacy consoles, including its original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES Classic Edition) and Super NES (SNES Classic Edition). So what's next? Perhaps a reborn version of its Game Boy, one of the industry's first handheld gaming system. Fun fact: Milton Bradley's Microvision released in 1979 is actually the first the handheld game console to use interchangeable... Read more...
Emulator fans who want to play PlayStation 3 games on their computer may be familiar with the RPCS3 emulator that has been around for quite some time. The emulator has been updated and now supports high resolution rendering. The emulator can allow you to play favorite PS3 games at much higher resolutions than the PS3 could handle, all the way up to 10K resolution. Gaming at 10K resolution isn't something that we are ready for today, but there are lots of people out there who are ready for 4K gaming and the emulator will handle that. The video below shows side-by-side comparisons of games when... Read more...
For so many reasons, Wolfenstein II looks to be a fantastic new addition to the classic game series, and as such, publisher Bethesda has pushed its advertising and promotional effort hard. As the company is quickly finding out, however, even if you think an advertising campaign provides a bulletproof message, you're may still to have to deal with backlash, especially if it also pushes the envelope a bit. In this particular case, Bethesda published a trailer that held back no punches, stating: "Make America Nazi-Free Again." Blunt? Incredibly. Unfortunately, white supremacist and Nazi-related subjects... Read more...
Come one, come all—everyone is now invited to play the Star Wars Battlefront II beta and engage in galactic warfare. Following a two-day Early Access period that was made available to people who pre-ordered the multiplayer title, Electronic Arts has opened up the beta experience to all players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and Windows PC gamers. The open beta runs through the weekend before coming to a close on October 9 at precisely 9 AM Pacific (12 PM Eastern). After that it becomes a waiting game for the titles full release on November 17 as EA and EA Dice make some last minute tweaks... Read more...
Silicon art is nothing new, though usually you need a mighty strong microscope to see the hidden gems etched at the microscopic level on chips and wafers. That is not the case with Microsoft's powerful Xbox One X console. Anyone who cracks open the chassis will be able to see a special piece of art included on the green printed circuit board in the upper right corner. The artwork is of a minuscule Master Chief sitting atop a scorpion, sort of in the same vein as a cowboy riding a bucking bronco. This is not a random Easter Egg—Microsoft is paying homage to Halo, a hugely popular game franchise... Read more...
The PC gaming market continues to grow, thanks in part to the increasing popularity of eSports. While Lenovo is best known for its Thinkpad and Yoga family of notebooks with legendary reliability and slick form factors, it was time the company got serious about gaming. So, Lenovo took the plunge and launched a new sub-brand at CES this year – Legion. The new Legion family of gaming notebooks include the entry-level Y520, mid-level Y720, and high-end Y920. Lenovo sent over the mid-level 15.6-inch Legion Y720 series for us to check out, which provides a step up in build quality over the entry-level... Read more...
The hype surrounding the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII is intriguing and very justified. Not much longer than a decade ago, it seemed the world was sick and tired of World War II-themed games, but thankfully, zombie games have since come to our rescue, cleansing our palettes. Today, WWII actually looks like it could give us a fresh experience, and create an interesting online battlefield. Unfortunately, "interesting" is proving true already, but not in a good way. Over the weekend, the beta for WWII went live, and almost immediately, complaints stemming from testers began to hit the web. In almost... Read more...
Nintendo hit a homerun with the Wii in the previous decade, and had its first really popular console of the modern era. The replacement for the Wii, the Wii U was a flop with sales being much lower than its predecessor. However, Nintendo is back on top again with sales booming for the Switch console that launched earlier this year. One of the offerings that launched along with the original Wii was the Wii Shop, which is an online market for buying and downloading games, apps, and other content. Wii Shop originally launched in November of 2006 and Nintendo has announced that it will close on January... Read more...
Sony has been offering PlayStation 4 gamers who want to get in on virtual reality action one of the more affordable headsets out there courtesy of the PlayStation VR. It has announced that an updated PS VR headset is in the works and the new device will have model number CUH-ZVR2. The design of the new version has been updated to enable stereo headphone cables to be integrated into the headset and a slimmer and more streamlined connection cable. The updated Processor Unit supports HDR pass through so that users can watch HDR-compatible content on their TV without having to disconnect their Processor... Read more...
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