BEYOND has long been the fan boy call from the Sony PlayStation fanbase thanks to a very popular podcast by IGN. It’s also part of the title of their upcoming exclusive Beyond: Two Souls and now it’s part of their ambush marketing plan against Microsoft.
In what I see as a blow to independent studios it has been revealed that EA Games are shuttering their EA Partners division which was created to enable independent studios to partner with EA and their marketing power to bring their games to a wider audience.
Yesterday we reported that Dota 2 has surpassed League of Legends as the most played PC game in the West (US and Europe), according to a report by DFC Intelligence. As it turns out the report was completely wrong.
After many attempts I have given up on ditching my Dota 2 addiction. I’ve literally spent hundreds of hours playing it, and apparently so have the rest of the world. According to a report from DFC Intelligence, Dota 2 has passed League of Legends as the most played PC game in the West.
Great zombie game: Left 4 Dead 2. Terrible zombie game that I wish would die in a fire: Resident Evil 6. I hated that damn game with a passion last year, and a recent attempt to replay it with the new patches just reinforced my hate for the Capcom disasterpiece. And now, it looks like they’re going to be infecting Left 4 Dead 2 as well. But don’t expect a Tekken X Street Fighter crossover here.
Xi3’s Piston; the somewhat modular, cuboid mini PC is releasing soon. It’s terribly expensive, costing $999 for the base model, going all the way up to a bank-balance destroying $1750 for one packing a 500Gb SSD. Expensive as it is, some are still considering one for purchase – mostly because of some weird loyalty to Valve. They’re backing this, so it has to be good, right? Truth is, Valve has nothing to do with the Piston. Not a thing at all.
Well, technically speaking, the Xi3 Piston isn’t the official Steam Box that Valve is supposedly tinkering away on, but it sure does fill many of the requirements for said vapour-PC-console. The Piston has just been announced as having a launch date towards the end of the year, and that pint-sized box is going to arrive with a hefty price tag.
We all know that Valve are the masters of online game delivery and are pretty good at making original games themselves but it seems that even they are not immune to the problems of making hardware.
Not entirely too long ago, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim held the record on Steam for being the title with the most number of concurrent players – somewhere in the region of 287, 411 people playing the decidedly single player RPG at the same time. That record has been broken – and the new record is a game that’s not even been released yet.
Infinity Ward tweeted this cryptic tweet and image over the weekend which got the world scrambling to figure out what on earth this is and why does Infinity Ward have it?
Valve has always been very private about personnel matters; I don’t think I’ve ever seen the words “Valve” and “layoffs” in the same article before. But the impossible has happened and the news-hungry press hounds have gotten wind of the very recent layoffs.
Okay, so, maybe she didn’t really get completely screwed, but we wouldn’t know would we? Because after hardware engineer Jeri Ellsworth tweeted about getting fired, nothing has been said about why.
Dota 2 is better with friends, especially if they don’t type axaxaxa during the match. So this week’s Dota 2 update introduces the Team matchmaking feature for your gaming convenience and improvement. There’s also plenty of opportunity to become a better person with the new bundle and a charity invitational.
Second hand games. They make the world go round, gamers love ‘em for the fact that they can use them as a form of currency and publishers despise them for the fact that they cannot ring out any extra cash from them when they go into that previously owned market. That’s something that you see a lot of in console games, and to a much lesser extent, PC games. Except for digital versions of games that is, because there is zero resale available on that format. None, nada, zilch! And that’s something that ze Germans aren’t too happy about at all.
Gabe Newell and Valve have some new hardware on the way, dubbed “The Steam Box”. It’s aiming to bring the PC experience of Steam a step closer to living rooms in a smaller package, something that will have Valve competing directly with the console big three for that precious digital real eastate. But the thing is, Valve doesn’t see Microsoft and Sony as their competition. Instead, it’s Apple that Valve co-founder Gabe Newell believes will become their biggest rival.