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The splash that PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds on the gaming community has made has been incredible. The game so far has only been offered on Steam for PC gamers and isn’t even out of its early access form yet. But that hasn't stopped the title from already setting records for the highest concurrent player count, hitting 2.3 million concurrent users last month. On the other hand, PC gamers haven't all been happy to hear that PUBG is heading to consoles because they want their game fixed and flawless first. Yesterday, it was announced that PUBG is coming to Xbox One with a launch date of... Read more...
There are two camps when it comes to FPS titles today, there are those who are only in it for the multiplayer action and those who only want a sweet and long single player campaign and story line because getting fragged by foul-mouthed trash-talkers online ruins the fun (or maybe that's just me). It's only been a few days now since Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launched, but the game has no multiplayer aspects offering only a single player story mode. To that end, the game has already been beaten and beaten in quick fashion.  A speedrunner called DraQ has set the first official world record... Read more...
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a smash hit by any measurement and is doing incredibly well considering it's only available on Steam for PC right now. It is, however, the number one most played game on Steam currently and that's pretty huge considering some of the eSports mega-titles hosted on the platform. The game was developed by Bluehole Inc. and the team within that company who worked on the game is now being spun off into its own company. That new company will be called the PUBG Corporation. Reports indicate that the CEO of the PUBG Corporation will be Chang-han Kim. If you are wondering... Read more...
If you haven't experienced any of the post-nuclear worlds from the popular Fallout series, now is your chance to jump on board, starting at the beginning. Bethesda, which owns the rights to the original Fallout game developed by Interplay, is celebrating the title's 20th anniversary by giving it away for free on Steam, for a limited time. Players have until 11:59 PM (Pacific) on September 30 to claim the title on Steam and add it to their library. It does not have to be installed right away, or even by the deadline, but it does have to be added. After that, it will remain in the player's game catalog... Read more...
Playerunknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) has turned out to be a massive hit for the developers and it is one of the most popular games in the world right now. Currently, the game is only offered on Steam for PC gamers, but a console version is in the works. PUBG recently passed 1.5 million concurrent users on Steam, which put it at over one hundred thousand more concurrent players that Valve's own Dota 2 free-to-play game has been able to rack up. Dota 2 hit its concurrent player record of 1,291,320 in March of 2016 and hasn't surpassed that record since them. In the history of Steam, only Dota 2 and... Read more...
Last Thursday was a banner moment for honest gamers, and a ban hammer moment for tens of thousands of rotten cheaters. That is because Valve lifted its mighty VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) ban hammer and with one mighty blow, it obliterated more than 40,000 Steam gamers who had been caught cheating. It was the the largest single-day ban in the history of the digital distribution service.The unusual spike can be seen in the Steam Database. It shows a relatively steady line of around 3,500 bans per day (give or take a thousand on any given day) up until June 6, the day after Steam's Summer Sale came to... Read more...
As the most dominant platform for digital game distribution, Steam is a great indicator of what is trending among gamers. It also helps that Valve surveys the landscape each and every month and makes its data available to the public. In doing so, we can see that Steam gamers overwhelmingly chose NVIDIA hardware over AMD or Intel for graphics chores through the end of June 2017.By the end of June, NVIDIA accounted for a dominating 63.61 percent of graphics card usage by Steam gamers. That is more than AMD (20.5 percent) and Intel (15.54 percent) combined, and you can throw the catch-all "other"... Read more...
Augmented and virtual reality is starting to take off now that we have computing hardware that is powerful enough to provide a compelling experience. However, interacting with a virtual environment can be a bit tricky if you don’t have the proper controllers to supplement your experience.The Oculus Rift has its Touch controllers, and the HTC Vive has the Wand. Now, Valve is looking towards the next logical progression when it comes to VR controllers, which it calls “Knuckles”. Unlike other VR controllers, Knuckles can independently track all five of your fingers thanks to capacitive sensors embedded... Read more...
Three things in life are guaranteed—death, taxes, and Steam sales. While we are not real keen on the first two, we love a good Steam sale, even though our games library is already overflowing with titles we picked up at a discount and may never get around to playing (or at least finishing). Such is the struggle and it will be compounded this weekend when Steam kicks off its summer games sale. Whether or not Valve wanted everyone to know ahead of time is not known. Either way, it was PayPal's UK Twitter account that spilled the beans in a tweet announcing the imminent sale. According to the Twitter... Read more...
Boston is going to be filled with drunk Celtics fans this weekend if the spunky team in green manages to upset the Cleveland Cavaliers to extend the Eastern Conference Finals. Or it will be a post-nuclear wasteland, though not as a result of a loss. It just all depends on your plans—to see the latter, you can fire up Fallout 4 for free this weekend on your Xbox One or PC through Steam. This will be the first time that Fallout 4 has been free to play for an entire weekend, and an extended one at that. Bethesda has already unlocked the game on Xbox One and will do the same on Steam later this afternoon.... Read more...
It is finally time to fight the invasion. Again. Fans of the original Prey released in 2006 were teased with a sequel for several years, but as the IP rights changed hands and development shifted from one studio to another, the long-awaited followup seemed increasingly unlikely. It was eventually cancelled in 2014. Game over, right? Not so fast. Bethesda tasked Arkane Studios (which it acquired in 2010) with developing a reboot, and today is the day it releases. Now available on Steam, Arkane Studio's reimagining of Prey is a first person shooter with some role playing elements. The player assumes... Read more...
Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) is upping its security game. DOTA 2 ranked matchmaking will soon require players to enter a phone number upon registration and Valve hopes that this will cut down on the amount of “smurfing”. First off, what is “smurfing”? In the DOTA world, smurfing is when a player creates a new account after already having made one, and recalibrates the account once a player reaches level thirteen. The player essentially develops the account in order to play at a level lower than their actual mmr.Image from: Wikimedia Commons, ZilsonzxcSome people sell the smurf account... Read more...
Microsoft has been criticized for being overly aggressive in its attempts to push Windows 10 onto consumers, but to the company's credit, it continues to gain market share. That is especially true among gamers—usage among Steam users is now at 51.2 percent combined for both 64-bit (50.15) and 32-bit (1.05) builds in the month of March. That's a jump of nearly 2.5 percent from the prior month. In other words, more than half of all Steam users are rocking a Windows 10 PC. The next closest is Windows 7, which accounts for systems owned by around a third (34.74 percent) of Steam users. Windows 8/8.1... Read more...
Five years after announcing Steam Greenlight, Valve today said that it will be pulling the plug on the “democratic” system that allows Steam users to choose which game is worthy enough to be vetted for inclusion via the software distribution platform. Valve says that it has learned some key lessons from Greenlight, which allowed it to progress past its “heavily curated” roots for third-party games to now include over 100 Greenlight titles that have each generated at least $1 million in revenue. However, Greenlight has not provided a direct enough path between developers and the broader gaming audience,... Read more...
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