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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 a more expert/marquee player with a junior player to encourage the junior player to make game-related... Read more...
You wanted it and Bethesda is delivering it—a new and much anticipated Arcade Mode that brings all out mayhem to the 2016 Doom reboot by way of a free update, the fourth major one to date. This particular one turns the traditional campaign mode on its head and unleashes hell by letting you run amuck with all guns, Runes, and equipment upgrades fully unlocked from the get-go. "Customize your Doom Marine's gear, guns and Praetor suit before each run to see what combinations will give you an edge. Compete against friends and players worldwide for the highest score by attacking demons quickly, avoiding their attacks and grabbing multipliers along the way. This is a perfect opportunity to replay one... Read more...
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 to Ubisoft's prior efforts, the game publisher just recently implemented new cheat detection methods... Read more...
Craving some blood and guts in fun and entertaining ways that only Doom can deliver? Don't worry, Bethesda has your back. The game publisher revealed a variety of multiplayer game modes that will be available at launch—half a dozen in all—which mix fast-paced action with competitive combat in various arenas. Gamers looking for a traditional multiplayer experience will find their fix in Team Deathmatch. There's nothing complicated about this one—Deathmatch pits two teams against each other with the simple task of decimating the opponent. Players can choose their loadouts, customize their marine, and become the demon if they grab the rune while it's in play. You'll also find power-ups and power... Read more...
Bethesda's readying the release of the much anticipated Doom reboot due out in a couple of months. In the meantime, eager gamers will have a chance to dole out hellish punishment to real-life opponents in the forthcoming closed beta. That is, if your PC has the requisite muscle (Hint: it probably does). The newly revealed minimum and recommended system requirements aren't all that steep, provided you're rocking something a little more modern than that AMD Barton setup from yesteryear. According to Bethesda, to play the multiplayer portion of Doom at 720p, you'll need at least an Intel Core i5-2400 / AMD FX-8320 processor, 8GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (2GB) / AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB), up... Read more...
In case you couldn’t already tell, the members of the HotHardware crew are pretty big fans of the Doom series. And wouldn’t you know it, the latest installment in the Doom franchise is heading our way May 13th. While we all await the closed multiplayer round, which will run from March 31st through April 3rd, Bethesda has given us just a little taste of what to expect with a new trailer. The multiplayer beta is a rush to the senses and brings chills of brutal gaming sessions reminiscent of previous Doom titles but with a huge boost in graphics fidelity and special effects. However, the somewhat colorful palette and character models remind us a little of Unreal, mixed in with a dash of Halo. On... Read more...
Sorry, Sony fans, but the free ride for online multiplayer on the company's flagship console will come to an end when the PlayStation 4 debuts to retail next week. In order to frag your friends online, you'll need to pony up for a PlayStation Plus subscription. It's been reported recently that the fee for online multiplayer will run $9.99 per month in the U.S., 6.99 euros ($9.40) in Europe, and 500 yen ($5) in Japan, and that's led to a bit of confusion on the Internet. To clarify, you can already purchase a PlayStation Plus membership (a single subscription works across PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems) in one of two available tiers: 12 months for $49.99, or 3 months for $17.99. Back at E3, Sony... Read more...
Nintendo is experimenting with new pricing models for its console games, an effort aimed particularly at digital sales and packaging downloadable content with boxed games. According to IGN, the company is bringing its experiment to the real world via a free-to-play game. The title? Steel Diver. Steel Diver was originally a game developed for the Nintendo 3DS, and reviews on it appear to be somewhat mixed. It’s a submarine adventure wherein you float around and defend the world’s nations from a rogue invading threat. In other words, it’s not a marquee title in the same vein as Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, and so on. Although it may seem like a weak effort to test out a new pricing... Read more...
Three days ago, EA launched the latest version of SimCity. Opinions of the game itself have varied widely. Pre-launch reviews were generally positive, though a number of publications criticized the heavy reliance on multiplayer, small city sizes, and the fact that other players can deliberately sabotage hours of careful work. All other characteristics, however, have been overshadowed by the game's disastrous launch performance. How bad is it? Bad enough to make Diablo 3's launch look good. To date, EA has disabled online features, forced the game to run slowly, and implemented login queues. It hasn't delayed plans to launch the game in more areas, and sure enough, gamers in those countries are... Read more...
GameSpy, originally QSpy has been around in the PC gaming world for some time now, helping to bring hours of joyful fragging to the masses. GameSpy's popularity hasn't escaped Nintendo's interest, and now Nintendo is looking to pair GameSpy with their WiFi multiplayer service. Things should go smoothly as Nintendo and GameSpy are pretty familiar with each other, as GameSpy is available on the Nintendo DS. "This partnership will expand our wireless community of players on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection," Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime says. "Millions of Nintendo DS users have already logged on using GameSpy's technology,... Read more...
Rally around the coffee table for some gaming with your friends on a big touch screen?  Sounds cool eh?  It is for sure, have a look... "The Entertaible concept is a tabletop gaming platform that marries traditional multi-player board and computer games in a uniquely simple and intuitive way. Entertaible comprises a 32-inch horizontal LCD, sophisticated touch screen-based multi-object position detection, and all supporting control electronics. It allows the players to engage in a new class of electronic games which combines the features of computer gaming, such as dynamic playing fields and gaming levels, with the social interaction and tangible playing pieces, such as pawns and... Read more...
On August 17th, 2006, the multiplayer version of F.E.A.R. will be made a free release under the name of "F.E.A.R. Combat". F.E.A.R. Combat will include 10 game modes, 19 multiplayer maps, 12 different weapons, Punkbuster support, and the capability to download user created content. F.E.A.R. Combat players will also be able to compete against owners of the retail version of F.E.A.R. Head on over to Joinfear.com for the full set of details. "08-08-2006 - Sierra Entertainment today announced that the multiplayer component from the award winning PC title F.E.A.R.TM (First Encounter Assault Recon), has been renamed F.E.A.R. Combat,... Read more...
The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Bethesda's latest RPG, has been enjoying considerable growth in it's mod community, and one cool mod to keep an eye on is a Multiplayer mod currently being worked on. At the moment there isn't much to enjoy, with only basic multiplayer connectivity(no deathmatch yet), but hopefully we'll be seeing more updates in the near feature. "MultiTES4 is my attempt at an Oblivion mod/add-on that, you guessed, adds multiplayer to this awesome game. I started the work on this project around the 7th of May, 2006. It's come a long way, and has a long way to go, but with perseverance and a little luck, it'll go a long way. At the moment, MultiTES4 consists of... Read more...