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We hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially if you were in the midst of having a fine evening up to this point, but technically, Valve's Gabe Newell is the messenger we're imploring everyone not to shoot. Gabe's a likable guy, it's just that his message to Steam users is nothing short of disconcerting, and potentially infuriating. Straight and to the point, Steam's database was hacked and all your personal information up for grabs, including encrypted credit card details. How's you're evening going now? Steam's forums were hacked into and defaced over the weekend, and upon further investigation, Valve discovered that the intrusion runs deeper than just forum shenanigans. "We learned that... Read more...
If you haven't soiled your drawers lately, you're not a PC gamer. There's simply been too much to get overly excited about, even if the finished product didn't ultimately live up to expectations (Rage, anyone?). Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and as of this afternoon, the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar Games. The fifth installed rolls the GTA franchise back to California where sunshine and palm trees are in oversupply. Check out the official trailer below. The short 1 minute 25 second trailer doesn't reveal too much about the plot or upcoming game, though it's clearly the best looking GTA game to date (no surprise there), and it looks like you might get to control... Read more...
Here's a little something to brighten your day heading into the weekend. DC Universe Online announced a new free-to-play option will be available starting November 1, 2011 (that's next Tuesday). This was originally expected to happen sometime in October, but we're willing to forgive a slight slip into the first of November if it means we can don our virtual tights and get our super hero fix for free. The freebie version gives you access to two character slots, with the option to purchase more. It also gives you 28 inventory slots, a dozen bank slots, 1500 maximum in-game currency, six chat messages per day for 30 seconds, and text-only email. You'll also be able to join player leagues, but can't... Read more...
It isn't our intention to rub salt in the wounds of Diablo fans who missed out on participating in the Diablo III closed beta program, but while those lucky gamers are getting their next-generation hack-and-slash on, everyone else will have to wait until next year. Blizzard made the unfortunate announcement that Diablo III is officially being delayed until early 2012. "With every game we make, the temptation is always very strong to launch as soon as possible. However, we didn't put so many years of work into Diablo III to release a game that was almost ready," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "The beta test is going very well, and we look forward to making the... Read more...
You'd think that after 30 years, Frogger would have found alternate routes to his destination, ones that wouldn't present life-threatening dangers at each and every step. But what would be the fun in that? Instead, you can still control the little green frog past dangerous moving obstacles, and you can do it in an all new game appropriately called Frogger Decades. "Celebrating Frogger’s 30th birthday with an all new adventure! Frogger Decades is an exciting new chapter in the Frogger family of award-winning games, featuring breathtaking animation with an original musical soundtrack and cast of new characters to experience the Frogger world in a whole new way," Konami writes in the game's... Read more...
Gaming on the go is a bit more complicated for console gamers than it is for PC users. Where PC users have an advantage is in being able to toss a notebook into a laptop bag and fire it up at the airport, in a coffee shop, or any place else outside the home. Now so too can console games, courtesy of the Gaems G155 self-contained mobile gaming station. The G155 supports Microsoft's Xbox 360 and 360S, and Sony's PlayStation 3 Slim consoles. Just strap in your console of choice and hook it up to the integrated 15.5-inch LED backlit HD display via HDMI and you're almost good to go. We say "almost" because you still need to plug the contraption into a power outlet, so PC gamers still have the advantage... Read more...
Apple isn't the only one capable of creating an epic buzz for a product launch. Gaming peripheral maker Razer on Monday put the world -- and especially the console community -- on notice that PC gaming is far from dead, and those who claim otherwise can stick their obituaries where the sun doesn't shine. The language wasn't quite as confrontational as that, but pretty close, and the outfit even took out a full spread in The Wall Street Journal giving gamers a heads up that on August 26th, "we shall remind you -- that PC Gaming is NOT dead." So what was the big reveal. As many suspected it would be, Razer today announced its Switchblade gaming notebook with a new name. It's being launched as the... Read more...
Gaming peripheral maker Razer is raging against the notion that PC gaming is dead and that the future lies in consoles and consoles alone. Razer's big reveal on August 26, 2011 promises to set the record straight, and in the meantime, Razer's hype machine is firing off plenty of red blooded rhetoric fiercely defending PC gamers at large. Check out the embedded YouTube video above and tell us if that doesn't solicit a "Hell yeah!" and make you want to go punch something, like your PlayStation 3 sitting there all smug on your entertainment center where an HTPC should be standing instead. Razer's going all out on this one. In addition to the YouTube clip and posting the same video on pcgamingisnotdead.com,... Read more...
You already know that Nintendo is slashing the price of its struggling 3DS handheld console from $250 down to $170, that's old news. And you probably also know Nintendo is throwing an apologetic bone to existing owners in the form of 20 free game downloads. That's old news too. But is there a way to get the discounted price AND cash in on 20 free games? There is if you get your tail end in gear. Reports are surfacing that Walmart is selling the 3DS at the $170 price point ahead of schedule, and has been doing so since yesterday. Why is this significant? Well, if you march on over to your local Wallyworld and pick up a 3DS console at $170 (plus tax, of course) and then connect to Nintendo's eShop... Read more...
Contrary to what DRM-obsessed publishers would have everyone believe, gamers aren't a bunch of pilfering pirates looking for a free ride. Put out a solid software title and game players will happily reach into their pockets, even when they don't have to. That's the lesson game publishers should take from the Humble Indie Bundle project. The Humble Indie Bundles are collections of DRM-free games from independent developers in which customers get to set their own price. Five games are included in the latest edition (and third installment) of the Humble Indie Bundle, including Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves. According to the project's website, these five titles... Read more...
Zynga, the online gaming company responsible for Farmville and other Facebook games that once littered your social networking wall with dorky updates, is the latest tech company to file for a ridiculously large IPO. How large, you ask? Just in case you thought that's a typo in the title, it's not; Zynga really and truly expects to raise $1 billion. Don't be surprised if it does. Citing people briefed on the matter, the New York Times is reporting that Zynga will likely offer up 10 percent of its shares at a valuation near or above $20 billion. Morgan Stanley will lead the offering, with Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merill Lynch, Allen & Company, and Barclays Capital also... Read more...
We're well into summer now, and that means lounging in the backyard in your hammock, catching a tan (and some eye candy) at the beach, bar-b-ques, and all that other stuff that's fun to do in nice weather. And then reality hits -- you live in the midwest or some other locale that constantly interrupts your summer plans with rain and other bipolar weather patterns. Screw it, you might as well lock yourself inside and fire up a PC game (turn off that console, you weenie). If that describes your situation, or if the weather's nice but you'd rather get your game on anyway, Steam has your back. Today marks Day 2 of Steam's Summer Camp Sale that runs from June 30th until July 10th. Each day brings... Read more...
Nintendo just announced a next generation console -- the Wii U -- at the E3 Expo, Microsoft is rumored to be unveiling an Xbox 720 (or whatever the Xbox 360's successor will be called) at next year's E3 Expo, and Sony? Well, Sony is again rehashing its PlayStation 3 system, this time with a version that's lighter and a little easier on Mother Nature than previous versions. According to a new listing on Sony Japan's website, the new CECH-3000B PS3 Slim will weigh nearly a pound lighter than before at 5.7 pounds versus 6.6 pounds. It will also consume less energy at 200W versus 230W and come with a 320GB hard drive. Not bad, especially since the new build will sell for the same price as before... Read more...
MSI continues to crank out new notebooks at a breakneck pace, the latest entries being a pair of laptops aimed at gamers. The GT780R and GX780 are both now shipping in North America and, unlike other gaming laptops, sport a full color backlit keyboard designed in collaboration with SteelSeries, a popular gaming peripherals manufacturer. "Serious gamers understand that not all notebooks are created equally," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales, MSI US. "The GT780R and GX780 are built specifically for gamers, with a professionally-designed keyboard, plus top-of-the-line graphics and processing power from NVIDIA and Intel." Sporting a brushed black aluminum finish, the GX780 starts at $1,550... Read more...
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