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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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  • Overwatch "Retribution" Event is Now Live

    Overwatch "Retribution" Event is Now Live

    The latest Archives event for Overwatch is now live. The update is substantial in size, so be sure to get those downloads started early. It brings back the "Uprising" PvE event from last year and introduces a the new "Retribution" PvE event. It also adds in additional cosmetic items that you can only earn from now until April 30.
    Overwatch Archives declassification complete. Experience pivotal moments from history in Overwatch Archives. Join a team of four heroes and participate in cooperative, story-driven missions that give you a new perspective on the era
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  • Original Graphics Restored to Chrono Trigger on PC in First Update

    Original Graphics Restored to Chrono Trigger on PC in First Update

    Square Enix released an update for the Steam release of Chrono Trigger today that fans have been waiting for. The biggest change in today's update is the return of the game's original visuals. This is, by far, the most requested change fans wanted since this game was released on the PC in February.

    Instead of the updated sprites and background visuals, it brings back graphics closer to what you remember from your childhood.
    A new option will allow players to choose between the current high-resolution character
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  • Hey, Listen! Fairies are Coming to Black Desert Online

    Hey, Listen! Fairies are Coming to Black Desert Online

    "Soon" players will get to have a special fairy companion in Black Desert Online. How soon is "soon?" Very soon. Like, we're talking about tomorrow here after the regular maintenance period. Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games announced that starting tomorrow players will get to seek out Laila fairies to be a companion on their adventures.
    Fairies are peaceful creatures that enjoy the flowers under the grace of Queen Theiah. One day, a golden rift broke open in the fairy world. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Laila bravely embarked on an adventure and tumbled
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  • It's Contraband Week in GTA Online

    It's Contraband Week in GTA Online

    Rockstar Games has proclaimed this week to be "Contraband Week" in GTA Online. Outside of the usual double RP and double GTA$ events, this week will include some more stuff. Sorry, I haven't actually read beyond the headline yet so I'm not sure yet what all it includes. Let's see, there seems to be double RP and GTA$ Gunrunning Sell Missions, plus 50% faster research for Bunkers, an extended double RP and GTA$ for Target Assault from last week, and discounts on various Weaponized and High-End vehicles from Warstock Cache & Carry. Rockstar has also passed along a...
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  • BossKey's New Project is Another F2P Battle Royale Game Radical Heights

    BossKey's New Project is Another F2P Battle Royale Game Radical Heights

    Those battle royale style games are so hot right now, provided they aren't getting sued by PUBG Corp. Maybe that's why BossKey just announced a new battle royale style game today just days after they announced that they are stopping development on LawBreakers.

    Seriously, the digital ink on that announcement isn't even dry yet and they already announced a new game. Their new title is called Radical Heights and it will be a free-to-play game that will enter into Early Access on April 10. April 10 is tomorrow. According to the announcement, BossKey hav...
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  • AOC Announces 120Hz Version of 35-inch Ultra-Wide AGON Monitor

    AOC Announces 120Hz Version of 35-inch Ultra-Wide AGON Monitor

    We have a little bit of hardware news to share with you today. AOC announced that they have released a 120Hz version of their AG352UCG monitor. The new model, AG352UCG6, is still an ultra-wide, it's 35", it's curved, and it features Nvidia's G-Sync technology.
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  • Special Splinter Cell Event Detailed for Ghost Recon: Wildlands Plus Free Weekend and Sale

    Ubisoft didn't let their recent Sam Fisher teaser stew for too long before revealing all today. Starting April 10, the free "Special Operations I" update will be released on the PC, PS4, and XB1 and with it will come Michael Ironside as Sam Fisher in this special Splinter Cell themed event.

    Those who complete the mission will gain access to Sam Fisher's night-vision goggles. Keep in mind that this event will only run until May 2, so be sure to complete the mission before then.
    In addition to this special crossover event, Special Operations
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  • Free Endless Mode Added to Hand of Fate 2

    Free Endless Mode Added to Hand of Fate 2

    Defiant Development just added in a new endless mode for free for the PC version of their action-RPG game Hand of Fate 2. Those on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will get the new endless mode content in May. Players are competing against each other via a leaderboard.

    This update also includes new adventures, enemies, token shards, and narrative branches.
    Endless Mode offers competitive players a chance to battle for the top spot on the leaderboards via infinitely replayable quests that get progressively difficult with each level. More difficult
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  • Bus Simulator 18 Release Date and First Gameplay Trailer

    Bus Simulator 18 Release Date and First Gameplay Trailer

    Hey, you rowdy bunch in the back? Sit down and shut up! ... Because we have the release date reveal along with the first gameplay trailer for Bus Simulator 18...
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  • Michael Ironside Returns as Sam Fisher in Ghost Recon Wildlands

    Michael Ironside Returns as Sam Fisher in Ghost Recon Wildlands

    I somehow had no idea about this news until about a minute ago, but Ubisoft revealed today that Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher is back. Back in the sense that he'll be a special partner brought in for a special Ghost Recon Wildlands event. The very short announcement says that the "full briefing" will be on April 9.

    Perhaps the best part about all of this? Michael Ironside is back as the voice of Sam Fisher. I can only assume (perhaps hope and pray even) that this means there's a new Splinter Cell game reveal coming shortly.

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  • Another Full Year of Content Announced for Final Fantasy XV

    Another Full Year of Content Announced for Final Fantasy XV

    During a PAX East presentation, Square Enix revealed their roadmap for the next year for Final Fantasy XV. There will be updates made to both the multiplayer Comrades mode plus additional single player content.

    The roadmap, seen above, shows us that Square Enix will first release a series of updates for Comrades, the online multiplayer for Final Fantasy XV. These will take us into early 2019 at which point the focus will shift back to the game's single player component with the release of the Ardyn-centric episode.

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