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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,...
 

Google Stadia Launch Games are Lacking

Stadia comes out of the gate already limping.

With the soft launch of Google Stadia rapidly approaching, it seems like we're beyond due for a look at the platform's launch lineup. Hell, we're probably beyond due for a look at the Stadia UI and full featureset, but that is another matter entirely.

Today, Google revealed a list of 12 games that will serve as the launch titles for when Stadia has a soft launch on November 19. For $130, you were able to get in on the ground floor of the launch of Stadia with the Founder's Edition. These kits have...
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  • Inertial Drift to Bring Arcade Racing to Consoles and PC

    Inertial Drift to Bring Arcade Racing to Consoles and PC

    Alexa, play Deja Vu.

    If you need a break from the super sim focused racing games out there, maybe keep an eye on the newly announced Inertial Drift. This new arcade style racing game was just announced today by PQube and Level 91 Entertainment for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

    The game, slated to be released in Spring 2020 is an arcade racing experience that features 1-on-1 racing against a single opponent at a time. What sets this one apart from the other racing games out there are the looks and a very unique control...
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  • Cyberpunk 2077 Photography Contest Announced

    Cyberpunk 2077 Photography Contest Announced

    Get a bunch of Cyberpunk gear for taking a good picture.

    CD Projekt RED just announced a special photography contest today for Cyberpunk 2077. Hopeful contestants can begin submitting their entries today all the way through to December 16, 2019. The winners will be announced in January 2020 at some point.

    The contest is looking for entries that capture a "true Cyberpunk vibe" from your area. Take a photo that you feel captures it best and submit it to the contest for a chance to win.

    This contest will be judged by a "panel...
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  • Review: GreedFall (PC)

    Review: GreedFall (PC)

    A long and thrilling journey.

    GreedFall is a game that filled a gaping void I did not know I had for a new action-RPG experience. Though it lacks some of the polish you would expect from a major game release these days, the game still rewards the player with fun and varied combat, complex story beats, and an overall experience that should make even the veterans at BioWare sit up and take notice. For those of you that have been on the fence about picking up GreedFall, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not go pick it up right now.
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  • Blizzard Issues Insultingly Pathetic Statement About Blitzchung Suspension and Reasoning

    The cowards just doubled down.

    Taking a page from politicians and businesses that know late on Friday is the best time to release news that you are positively ashamed to share, Blizzard has finally issued a statement about the recent ban on Blitzchung and two Hearthstone casters.

    Before we get into it all, let's just read what they have to say. Here is Blizzard's full statement as it currently appears on their website.



    Despite a reduction of six months for the suspension, Blizzard is still punishing Blitzchung. The...
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  • This is How You Can Play GWENT on iOS Ahead of Release

    This is How You Can Play GWENT on iOS Ahead of Release

    It's pretty easy to get access.

    CD Projekt RED announced today that there will be a "closed beta" access to GWENT: The Witcher Card Game on iOS devices. Though the game won't officially be launched until October 29 for Apple branded devices, there is a way you can start playing on October 15.

    How do you get early access to this card battling game? It's simple.

    All you need to do is put your email in on this dedicated GWENT mobile focused site using the same email you used for your free GOG.com account. Don't have a GOG.com...
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  • Blizzard Chooses Not to Ban American University Hearthstone Players Who Showed Support for Hong Kong

    The team decided to forfeit the season anyway over Blizzard's double standards.

    Blizzard continues to dig themselves into an ever deepening hole this week. It all began when Blizzard banned a professional Hearthstone player and took away his earnings after he voiced his support for the Hong Kong protests during a live-stream interview. The troubles continued when lawmakers and plenty of others loudly voiced their disgust over what they did. Some Blizzard employees even staged a walkout the other day to show their support for the banned player and broadcasters....
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  • Fallback Launches Tomorrow from Former Division Devs

    Fallback Launches Tomorrow from Former Division Devs

    Developer Endroad is made up of former Ubisoft and Amplitude devs.

    Tomorrow, October 11, a game called Fallback will be released on PC via Steam from a development studio called ENDROAD. ENDROAD is an independent studio made up of veteran developers that worked on games like The Division, Endless Space, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

    Put on your boots, a gas mask, and your jet pack and fight to save humanity. You play as one of the brave volunteers trying to bring humanity back to power after surviving for hundreds of years underground. A horrible...
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  • Isometric Stealth Game Winter Ember Announced

    Isometric Stealth Game Winter Ember Announced

    Get a look at the game ahead of its reveal at the L.A. Comic Con.

    Those who are going to the L.A. Comic Con this weekend will get to check out a new isometric stealth game called Winter Ember.

    Winter Ember is an upcoming isometric steal game from Sky Machine Studios. It's a game set in a Victorian looking world and it follows Arthur Artorias, a "faceless man set in pursuit of answers and revenge." The game picks up after Arthur spent almost a decade in exile. He was stripped of his family, his fortune, and even his past. Arthur returns...
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  • Moons of Madness Releases in Time for Halloween

    Moons of Madness Releases in Time for Halloween

    In space, only Cthulhu can hear you scream.

    Moons of Madness from Funcom and Rock Pocket Games is slated to be released on PC starting on October 22, 2019. A PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release is also coming, but you'll have to wait until January 21, 2020 for that.

    Moons of Madness is the result of combining elements of Lovecraftian horror with the vast, oppressive mysteries of space. You play as Shane Newehart, the chief engineer on a research facility on Mars. When things start to go wrong, and go wrong they will, you can't really rely on help...
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  • Mistover Delivers a Fresh Roguelike RPG Experience to PC and Consoles Today

    Mistover Delivers a Fresh Roguelike RPG Experience to PC and Consoles Today

    Conquer the Mist and dive into deadly dungeons.

    KRAFTON Game Union, the company that owns Bluehole and the PUBG team, just released one of their own games today. Their latest is called Mistover, a game that blends together turn-based RPG mechanics with a roguelike experience.

    As you may expect, this game includes plenty of strategic gameplay elements, plenty of action, and plenty of dangerous dungeons. It's out now for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in North America. The suggested price looks to be $29.99 (USD) across all...
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  • Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

    Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

    SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

    A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

    As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
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