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Half-Life Alyx Reveal Trailer, 4K Screens, and Release Date Announced

Valve is back.

It's been over 12 years. 12 years since the last Half-Life game was released. While it may not be Half-Life 3, Valve did today reveal Half-Life Alyx to the world. This is a new VR title for the PC that is set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

Valve is straight up calling this a "full-length" game that just happens to require a VR device to experience. Pre-orders are available now, months ahead of the game's currently planned release in March 2020. A pre-order discount brings the $59.99 (USD) price down...
 

Google Stadia is Out Today and Reportedly a 'Monumental Flop'

It's time for "good news, bad news."

For Google, today is a bit of a mixed bag. The good news for them is that they just soft launched their first dedicated gaming platform, Stadia. The bad news is that it's reportedly a "monumental flop."

Today, those who purchased the $130 Founder's Edition of Stadia are probably awaiting its delivery. The physical contents largely consisting of a unique Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra. Though you had to plunk down $130 for this, there was actually no guarantee that you would get...
 

Hey, Valve Just Announced a New Half-Life Game

Half-Life: Alyx is a flagship VR game from Valve.

It's taken 12 years, but Valve has finally announced a new Half-Life title. The studio formerly known for developing hats has just announced a "flagship VR" title called Half-Life: Alyx.

The company has billed it as a "flagship VR" game. It's reportedly prequel to at least Half-Life 2 and will be VR exclusive. We will have more information on this when the main reveal comes this Thursday, November 21. ...
 

Review: Journey for Elysium (PC VR)

A short trip to the afterlife.

For the past several months now, we have offered up glimpses of the story-driven VR adventure title Journey for Elysium. We saw a game that had a unique visual style, the promise of a story that would take us all to an afterlife, a world filled with architecture inspired by Greek mythology, and mind-bending puzzles to solve. The unique visual style was certainly eye catching, but I often wondered if the rest of the game would be able to hold up to this aesthetically pleasing presentation.

With the release of Journey...
 

Desert Bus for Hope 2019 Charity Event Underway

Better late than never.

We're just a few days late in sharing this news with you, but when it comes to charity: Better late than never, right?

The latest annual charity drive (get it?) that is Desert Bus for Hope is well underway. A group of people have already spent three days driving across the desert, in real time, in an effort to raise money for charity. In three days and 6 hours, the crew has already raised over $388,400 for the Child's Play charity. The team is still going strong after all this time.

For those that don't know,...
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  • Epic Games Reportedly Launching Mobile App Store Next

    Epic Games Reportedly Launching Mobile App Store Next


    First, Epic came for Steam on the PC front. They threw piles of cash at studios to put their games on the Epic Games Store for a period of exclusivity that lasts at least one year or more. Now, Epic may be going after that sweet, sweet mobile industry by launching their own mobile games store.

    This is according to a new report from MarketWatch.



    MarketWatch goes on to say that Epic will once again allow devs to keep 88% of earned revenues. This is in comparison to the 70% that Apple and Google allow for.

    Will...
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  • Reminder: Steam to Ditch Windows XP Support on January 1, 2019

    Reminder: Steam to Ditch Windows XP Support on January 1, 2019


    In case you forgot, or were simply unaware, Valve will drop Steam support for Windows XP machines beginning January 1, 2019. This more than likely doesn't really impact you unless you are one of the 0.11% that are still using Windows XP as of the November 2018 hardware survey. Of course, Microsoft ended support for XP back in 2014, meaning it has already seen four years without security patches.

    Here is what Valve announced earlier this year about their Windows XP support ending.



    New year, new you, right? Maybe that should...
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  • Blizzard Attempting to Clean up Twitch Chat Dumpster Fire by Tying Accounts to Battle.net


    If you've ever been on Twitch for even a small amount of time, you probably have a decent idea of just how downright terrible the chat experience can be. It is especially egregious in larger chats and chats that lack proper moderation, filters, or spam reduction modes enabled. Even then, it's still kind of garbage. Blizzard realizes this and they are apparently taking their own steps to try to make the chat experience a little bit less crap.

    The studio announced that they will soon require anybody interested in chatting during various Overwatch matches...
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  • These Are the Top 'Controller-Friendly' PC Games of 2018

    These Are the Top 'Controller-Friendly' PC Games of 2018


    Valve just released a new set of charts today as a follow-up to their "Best of 2018" lists from earlier this week. Today's lists provide a look at some the best "controller-friendly" games that players enjoyed throughout 2018. In a weird twist, Valve broke down the games based on the controller that was used to play them: Xbox controller, PlayStation 4 controller, Steam controller, and the Switch Pro controller.

    Valve broke each of the pages down into three smaller sections.



    There is a lot of cross-over...
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  • Kingdom Hearts Event Begins Today in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

    Kingdom Hearts Event Begins Today in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius


    Today is the day that some of you were probably (maybe?) waiting for. Today marks the start of the limited-time Kingdom Hearts event for Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. From now until January 11, players can now get Sora and Cloud from the first Kingdom Hearts game through a new featured summon.



    Square says you can find more information about this event on the Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Facebook page. You can also check out the new trailer showing off the event in the trailer embedded below.

    Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a free...
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  • Free PlayStation Plus Games for January 2019

    Free PlayStation Plus Games for January 2019


    I only have the free PlayStation Plus games for January 2019 to share with you today as Microsoft has yet to reveal their Games with Gold lineup yet. Sony is offering up games like Steep and Portal Knights for PlayStation 4 owners in the new year. January has typically been a bit of a slower month for the service, which is really unfortunate for those who just got new consoles during Christmas.


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  • Steam Reveals "Best of 2018" Lists

    Steam Reveals "Best of 2018" Lists


    It's the end of 2018 and you know what that means? No, it's not that. Nor is it that. Ew, stop it. Alright, I'll just tell you instead. It's time for Steam's "Best of 2018" lists! You probably actually guessed that given the title, but that's besides the point. Valve has compiled some lists that take a look back at the games released in 2018. These include the top sellers for the year, the best VR titles, and more! Granted, most of these were probably just automatically compiled via Steam's stat tracking, but they're still fun to take a look at.
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  • MINImax Tinyverse Brings F2P, Real-Time, 3D, Strategy, Brawling, God Gaming to Steam Early Access


    In the spirit of just throwing a lot at a wall and seeing what works, Indie studio O'ol Blue Inc. has readied the release of their new free-to-play game, MINImax Tinyverse, for Steam Early Access today. It's got elements of competitive PvP. It's got 3D visuals. It's free-to-play. It's part strategy. It's part brawler. It's also a God-game. I'm pretty sure at this point, the only thing it doesn't do is make you pasta.






    If you'd like, you can always find out more information at the MINImax Tinyverse website....
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  • Steam Reportedly Closing Down Video Section in Early 2019

    Steam Reportedly Closing Down Video Section in Early 2019


    I know this may come as a shock to a lot of you, but Steam has an entire video section where you can purchase or rent a wide variety of films like John Wick, and full series like Red vs. Blue. Honestly, I wouldn't be too surprised to learn that most people had no idea that Valve had this section available on Steam because advertising has been next to non-existent for it.

    It turns out that there may be something to it because Valve is reportedly going to pull the plug on the entire Steam video section in early 2019. This revelation comes not from Valve...
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  • PSA: The 2018 Origin Holiday Sale is Live

    PSA: The 2018 Origin Holiday Sale is Live


    I suppose that technically, the sale for Origin started a few days back? I must apologize because I've been a bit busy with some other things, as you can probably tell. But hey, better late than never on this, right?

    From now until January 11 at 10AM (PT), you can save up to 85% off of various EA and third-party games if you purchase through Origin. These include Battlefield V at 50% off, The Sims 4 for just $4.99 (USD); 88% off ), or Mass Effect Andromeda for just $3.99.

    There are a lot of deals here, too many to mention in fact. But you...
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  • Second Elusive Target for Hitman 2 Launched Today

    Second Elusive Target for Hitman 2 Launched Today


    Earlier today, the second elusive target for Hitman 2 was made available from IO Interactive. The target is none other than Vicente "The Revolutionary" Murillo. I hear he's a real POS that disappeared in South America in the 80s. ...
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