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1  News / Gaming News / Steam Finally Releases a Mobile App on: January 26, 2012, 03:07:31 PM

Steam's finally gotten around to releasing a mobile app for both iOS and Android devices.

Feel free to download... there's only one catch. The mobile version's still in closed beta. However, if you download the app and sign in, Valve notes your attempt to login and there's a good chance you'll be sent a closed beta invite.

The great thing about the Steam mobile app is that you'll be able to chat with your friends on Steam and buy products off of Steam via your mobile device... a thing we've been itching for for a long time.

I suspect that Valve has had this in the works and has been waiting to launch this for a while. Since Origin is now going to add more publishers and eventually Origin support on mobile devices, they're probably doing this now to compete.

Links for anyone that may be interested!

2  News / Gaming News / Razer Isn't a Fan of SOPA on: January 15, 2012, 02:38:18 AM

So there's plenty of gaming companies out there that are still in support of SOPA, despite the fact that it'd harm their customers.

Razer's not standing for it. That was apparently their public response to SOPA. Very bold. Most of the gaming world is still warming their seats on the fence.

3  News / Gaming News / Blizzard Denies Any Unofficial Release Date Announcements on: January 09, 2012, 03:34:56 AM
There's recently been a picture floating around of a Best Buy poster that shows the release date of [i[Diablo 3[/i] to be February 1st, 2012. Obviously, everyone's been wondering if this is the true release date of Diablo 3. After all, the Best Buy online store also shows the release date to be February 1st, so obviously this is true, right?

Nope. According to Blizzard community manager Bashiok... don't believe any of the bullshit rumors. Diablo 3's release date will be revealed when it's ready to go in an official press release. No official date has been revealed to any retailer, so Best Buy's release date set down is only an estimate.

Sigh. Back to hoping that Diablo 3 will come out sometime in early 2012 so that we don't have to wait too long this year. Anybody think that it'll end up pulling a Duke?

Source: Joystiq
4  News / Gaming News / Re: Nintendo, Sony, and EA Back Out of SOPA... Sorta on: January 01, 2012, 02:47:17 PM
No, but I know a majority of parents above the age of 40 in the US are tech dumb, Ojler.

Also, I know that SOPA doesn't just affect the US, but I didn't expect most people outside of the US to really know about US legislation.
5  News / Gaming News / New Call of Duty: Iron Wolf Site is a Fake on: January 01, 2012, 02:25:01 PM
If you've seen that new site over at www.ironwolfproject.com, don't get excited.

In fact, why don't you direct yourself over there right now?

Alright, now take a closer look at Treyarch's logo. Do you see it?

Yeah, it's definitely a fake. I'm pretty sure Treyarch would be able to spell their own name.

N4G's been abuzz about all this, but seriously? If you're going to fake a Call of Duty website, at least spell the developer's name right. Jesus.
6  News / Gaming News / Nintendo, Sony, and EA Back Out of SOPA... Sorta on: December 31, 2011, 04:13:20 PM
If you're not a resident of the US, or you've just been living under the rock, the SOPA or Stop Online Piracy Act, is a bill that's sitting in the US House of Reps, ready to kill Internet freedom.

Now that might sound like I'm being a little dramatic. I'm not. The SOPA is a bill made by the people in Congress, most who are older than our parent's generation who don't understand how the Internet functions, to try and police the Internet. I know there are tech savvy parents out there, but do half of your parents even know what piracy really is? Hell, do they even know how to use email?

Why is SOPA relevant to the gaming world? Well, it means that any gaming company can force a website or user to take down material that they deem to be a violation of the company's copyright. If the website does not comply, it can be blacklisted by the US government so that it's no longer accessible. So, businesses are definitely in favor of it because they're going to be at some level exempt from SOPA. However, an innocent YouTuber who uploads some gameplay footage could get in trouble for "piracy."

Now does it have your attention?

Some of the biggest names in gaming are backing the SOPA because it's somewhat in their advantage to. After all, the gaming industry isn't unfamiliar to piracy.

Still, they don't seem to realize that gameplay footage on Twitch.tv or YouTube helps generate publicity and indirectly, revenue for them.

However, Nintendo, Sony, and EA have followed in Microsoft's footsteps and had their names taken off of the updated SOPA ally list. Which is good... sorta. Except that it looks more like a PR stunt. Recently, Anonymous has threatened to hack Sony because of their support for SOPA, which means any game company could be next. So, the wise thing to do is get your named removed off of the SOPA ally list.

Sneaky, sneaky move Nintendo, Sony, EA. But... we all know that you're still a part of the ESA... and the ESA is still on that list. So until you petition the ESA to remove your name off of that list. I'll still look down on you as SOPA-backers.

Source: GameRanx
7  News / Gaming News / Chet Faliszek Calls HL3 Rumors Trolling on: December 28, 2011, 04:39:47 PM

Direct yourself here for just a moment. Click on the logo. What happens?

When www.black-aperature.com launched, the Internet was abuzz with excitement that this may be a hint towards the long awaited Half-Life 3.

But, don't get your hopes up. It's not.

According to Valve writer, Chet Faliszek, the website's fake and we're all being "trolled":

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You are being trolled. There is no ARG. Wheatley’s speech was set in Portal 2 fiction – that is all. There has been no directive from Gabe to leak anything. That is all false. I just want to say this so there is no confusion. This is the community trolling the community nothing more. While it is nice to see people excited about anything HL, I hate seeing people be trolled like this. Thanks


I know, it's saddening to see. We've all been waiting years now for the sequel to Half-Life 2. When will Valve deliver?

Thanks, defaultprime.
8  News / Gaming News / Humble Indie Bundle 4 Passes the $2 Million Mark on: December 25, 2011, 07:17:13 PM
Man, it seems like indie bundles are all the rage lately.

Still, the Humble Indie Bundle is the king of them all.

After the recent success of the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle and the Humble Indie Bundle #3, the Humble Indie Bundle #4's made $2 million.

Can you imagine how many sales that is, considering that most people are only willing to throw in maybe $5 into the mix? That's fantastic. And these indie bundles just keep getting better.

The Humble Indie Bundle #4 still has one more day to go before it ends. It includes Jamestown, Bit.Trip.Runner, Super Meat Boy, Shank, Night Sky HD, and Cave Story + and Gratuitous Space Battles if you decide to pay above the minimum. Oh, and you'll get all the soundtracks for each of these indie hits if you decide to pay above the minimum. Hell, I'd just be happy getting the soundtrack for Super Meat Boy. Danny B's a genius.

So what are you waiting for? Pop yourself over here and pay above $5.35 (average at the time of this article) and get all of the above.

Thanks, Joystiq.
9  News / Gaming News / Techland Calls Dead Island Most Successful New IP of 2011 on: December 22, 2011, 01:23:35 AM
You know that something is very, very wrong when Dead Island ends up being labeled as the most successful new I.P. of 2011.

Yes, even as a zombie lover I'm knocking Dead Island. As a person who aspires to either be on the narrative/creative front of games or critique videogames for a living, Dead Island makes every fiber of my body hurt when I play it.

Why? Because I want to very, very much LIKE the game. I just can't.

It's broken. Even months after its initial release, Techland and Deep Silver have still failed to fix bugs that make the game unplayable. There's no reason that I shouldn't be able to advance to the next part of a game because a certain dialogue option won't show up for me... three months after the game has been released.

Sure, I was having fun playing the game, sans a strong central narrative and gameplay mechanics. Dead Island felt like I was playing a mix of Borderlands and Dead Rising without the awesome atmosphere of Borderlands and the ridiculous weapon degradation of Dead Rising. I felt like I was beating zombies up with cardboard bats. Ten hits and I'm through with a crowbar. Really?

So yeah, it's a little sad that it's considered the most successful I.P. of 2011. What does that say about the videogame industry? A broken game that reaches the top of the sales charts is the best selling original thing of 2011.

2011 was the year of sequels and 3's. Gears 3, Uncharted 3, Arkham City, Elder Scrolls V, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, and Dark Souls. They're all the industry's highest grossing games of Fall 2011. Hell, I can't even think of anything that's really new that came out this year. Homefront? Brink? Rage?

Our industry really needs a kick in the ass to start developing some new titles. Sure, sequels to blockbusters are where the money's at, but let's take the example of Hollywood. How many recent sequels out there are really quality movies? I can probably name them on all one hand.

The point is, videogames are a relatively new form of media. It's taken a lot of strides in the past decade, to the point that we now have Hollywood-sized budgets, fully-developed storylines, and photo-realistic characters and environments. That's a long way from Pong, but we're still a long shot away from realizing the virtual simulations that we've imagined in science fiction.

And we can get there, through innovation. Not through the money game. The money game only ends in the stagnation of the videogame industry, which is something I say we're seeing with the film industry. And we don't really want that... do we?

Source: Eurogamer
10  News / Gaming News / Limbo Is Now Out For Mac on: December 21, 2011, 11:55:36 PM


Yeah, I know everyone here is probably running Windows, and laughing at this post.

But for those of you who have Mac, you guys can finally play Limbo. It's now available in the Mac App Store.

So this is like, 1 of 50 games out that are available for Mac now, right?

Joke, joke.

Seriously though. Get something running Windows.
11  News / Gaming News / Re: Valve Is Implementing a "Big Screen" Mode... Steam For Your TV? on: December 19, 2011, 02:54:35 PM
Yes, I think they're just trying to make it easier for the general population to do so, without any resolution issues.
12  News / Gaming News / Valve Is Implementing a "Big Screen" Mode... Steam For Your TV? on: December 17, 2011, 12:58:58 PM
Great Scott!

Valve announced today that it was planning on implementing a "big picture" mode to Steam. Essentially, you'll be able to play your PC games comfortably without those nasty resolution problems.

It will feature controller support, so long as you have a controller that works with your PC..

Yup, I think Valve is making the move to try and get more people to join to PC darkside. The arguments that people have for console that they enjoy playing on a TV with a controller is no longer valid. And, it would be nice to be able to play some of my games at a higher resolution on a big TV with a controller. There's a time for mouse and keyboard and a time for controllers.

I hope Valve releases this within the next year or so. This is, after all, how you get a Xbox 720 or PS4 before they're actually released. Cheesy
13  News / Gaming News / Re: OnLive's New Mobile Compatibility Is Freaking Sweet on: December 08, 2011, 05:00:22 PM
Yeah. I meant to make that a little more clear. Tongue Sorry about that.
14  News / Gaming News / OnLive's New Mobile Compatibility Is Freaking Sweet on: December 08, 2011, 03:07:26 PM
Haven't you always wanted to be able to play full-blown games on your phone or your tablet?

Ok, maybe not, because the touch screen is really shitty for controls...

But what if you could connect a full blown controller pad to your smartphone and use that instead, would you do it then? (Small screen issues aside, obviously...)

Yeah, I totally would. It'd make going to the bathroom a completely different experience... as in I'd never leave the john. Screw reading shampoo bottles. I can play Skyrim on my phone!

Anyway, OnLive is now offering full blown games via cloud gaming on Android 2.3+ devices and OnLive Viewer on iOS. Sadly, my Droid Incredible, which has only been updated to 2.2 (Froyo) can't play it and iOS only gets the crummy OnLive Viewer, so I can BUY games from OnLive, but never actually play them.

Now, OnLive has some pretty nifty technology. I got to try my friend's OnLive console that he got from IndieCade. Provided you have good enough internet, maybe something in terms of 10 mpb/s download speed, 1 mpb/s upload speed, you can play a game with minimal latency. Yup, I was able to load Arkham Asylum with minimal lag.

According to RPS, the technology is still pretty limited and it lags a bit on your phone. However, it's functional... and it'll only get better from here.

Anybody who has a good enough phone or tablet to run OnLive, tell me about your experience!
15  News / Gaming News / South Park to Be A Full-Fledged RPG...? on: December 01, 2011, 12:44:43 PM
 According to Game Informer, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are working with THQ and Obsidian to create a South Park RPG.

I don't know whether I should be excited because Parker and Stone are brilliant writers or to facepalm so hard that my skull comes out through my ears. If you're a Game Informer subscriber, expect to see a lot of South Park for the January 2012 issue.

$20 that this game is a complete disaster.
16  News / Gaming News / Final Day of Steam Sales on: November 27, 2011, 06:43:53 PM
    Man, Steam's sales are always a blessing and a curse. I end up spending way overboard of what I thought I was going to spending... and end up eating ramen and canned chili for weeks on end.

  • Thief: Deadly Shadows - 75% off - $4.99
  • Europa Universalis III - 75% off - $3.74
  • Fable III - 50% off - $24.99
  • Modern Warfare 2 - 50% off - $14.99
  • Greed Corp - 75% off - $2.49
  • Driver San Francisco - 50% off - $24.99
  • Divinity II - 75% off - $9.99
  • Demolition Inc. - 75% off - $2.49
  • Dead Space 2 - 75% off - $4.99
  • Magic the Gathering: Dunes of the Planeswalker - 60% off - $3.99
  • Red Faction: Armageddon - 66% off - $16.99
  • Section 8: Prejudice - 75% off - $3.74
  • Civilization 5 - 33% off - $33.49
  • The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings - 33% off - $26.79

...And that's not all. That's just from the front page. There's a bunch of secret deals you can fish out.

Seriously though, Dead Space 2 for $5? That's a freaking steal.[/list]
17  News / Gaming News / Re: News Summary 11/27/2011 on: November 27, 2011, 06:20:23 PM
Isn't it? I just have to say though... the glitches kind of make the game too. XD
18  News / Gaming News / News Summary 11/27/2011 on: November 27, 2011, 02:47:12 AM
Yes, I've been very behind on the news. I have to apologize. Personal life has been a bit hectic. I'll give you the quick lowdown: I dropped premed. Asian parents flipped a shit. Didn't talk to them for weeks. Etc...

Anyway. That's all been settled. Things are fine at home (for now, until they find out other bad things about me...) so yeah! Time to write again.

So... things that I've missed out on that are big for gaming in general:

  • SKYRIM: Good god. This game is absolutely fantastic. I've only thrown in about 20 hours into it so far (that's quite meager considering the 100+ hours people put into it. NO SLEEP FOR SKYRIM! What are your thoughts on it? I have to say, Skyrim is pretty damned buggy. But hell, considering the size of the game, Bethesda is excused. The combat has been tightened up. The visuals are beautiful, even on the 360. I did a quick comparison between my friend's Alienware and my 360 (I know, sinner. But I can't run Skyrim on my shitty laptop), and good god. It looks like trash on the 360 compared to the PC, but it still looks great.
  • Minecraft: At last. This damned thing gets out of beta. Holy poop holes. It's gone gold. Things are awesome. Can you tell I don't like Minecraft much?
  • Saints Row 3: Dildos! All of the dildos! I haven't played this game... someone please tell me about it.
  • Black Friday: A woman pepper sprays her way to TVs. Just wow.
  • Kinect: HAHAHA. NO.
  • Steam sales: Holy hell, Batman. I just bought Limbo for $2.74! And Gemini Rue for $5! AND BASTION FOR $10. AND ORCS MUST DIE FOR $8!

And now back to your regularly scheduled news. Sorry I'm hyped up on coffee right now.
19  News / Gaming News / Re: Arkham City DLC Launch Has Issues on: October 27, 2011, 12:16:59 AM
Battlefield 3 has had the biggest whomping one.
20  News / Gaming News / Rumors Abound That Just Cause 3 Is In Development on: October 27, 2011, 12:16:28 AM

Like blowing up shit... just cause? (Yeah, I know. That one was pretty bad.)

Well, the word is that Xbox Word Magazine released a small blurb that said that Avalanche Studios is currently developing Just Cause 3. Since Just Cause 2 did so well, appealing to the "blow-shit-up" market of videogamers (which is safe to say most to ALL gamers), Avalanche is ready to bring on the money.

Thoughts on a sequel? I honestly don't mind. Just Cause 2 is one of those games where you sit there and have fun. No fuss, no mess.

VG247
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