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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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  • Far Cry 5 Becomes Fastest Selling Game in Franchise History

    Far Cry 5 Becomes Fastest Selling Game in Franchise History

    Far Cry 5 is now the fastest selling game in the history of the franchise. Ubisoft also confirmed today that it is the second biggest launch ever for one of their titles, second only to Tom Clancy's The Division. Ubisoft notes that more than half of the $310 million (USD) in sales came from the sale of the digital version of the game.
    In addition to the strong first week of sales, record-breaking numbers of people are engaging with Far Cry 5 content. People streamed more than 55,000 hours of Far Cry 5 on Twitch and YouTubers' videos earned more than 117
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  • WBIE to Publish HITMAN: Definitive Edition

    WBIE to Publish HITMAN: Definitive Edition

    It looks like IO Interactive found a new publisher for HITMAN and that publisher is none other than Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This deal between the two companies will have WBIE publishing the physical retail release of HITMAN: Definitive Edition for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting on May 15, 2018. It seems as though this release will include some additional bonus content by way of special outfits.
    The HITMAN: Definitive Edition will include the following content:
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  • Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 Release Date set for September 7, 2018

    Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 Release Date set for September 7, 2018

    The release date for Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 was announced today for September 7, 2018. In addition to the basic edition ($59.99 USD), a Collector's Edition ($144.99) and Digital Deluxe Edition were announced. Insomniac Games provides some additional details on what these two versions include.
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  • Steel Rats Debut Screenshots and Gameplay Trailer

    Steel Rats Debut Screenshots and Gameplay Trailer

    Tate Multimedia has revealed the first ever look at the gameplay for their upcoming motorcycle combat racing game, Steel Rats.
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  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Switch Gameplay Trailer

    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Switch Gameplay Trailer

    For those of you who never picked up Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U, you now have a second chance. I'm assuming there's probably a lot of you that never played the Wii U release simply because it was on the Wii U. But now? Now, you have a chance to play it on the Switch, which sounds pretty great IMO.

    It looks like this Switch release will have some new content including the "Funky Mode" that allows you to play as Funky Kong. The game will be out on the Switch on May 4.
    Arctic invaders have turned Donkey Kong Island into
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  • Real Life Meets Fantasy in Immersive Gaming Experiences

    Real Life Meets Fantasy in Immersive Gaming Experiences

    With virtually every imaginable genre of video game available on the market today, new and unique gaming experiences are hard to come by. Whether you prefer console gaming or PC gaming, a plethora of titles have made it possible to lose oneself in the fantasy of RPGs, first-person shooters, and sandbox experiences. Yet more people than ever are seeking out new forms of gaming that truly take the experience to the next level. Despite the long history of gaming being an escape from reality, a variety of developers and businesses are pursuing a return to reality-based ...
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  • Skyrim VR Now Available on PC via SteamVR

    Skyrim VR Now Available on PC via SteamVR

    As promised, Bethesda released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR today on SteamVR. This marks the first release of the game on the PC platform following its initial release on PlayStation VR in November 2017.
    Skyrim VR reimagines battling cursed Draugr, exploring rugged mountainsides and hunting fearsome, ancient dragons to be more immersive than ever before. Aided by made-for-VR control schemes allowing players to move, hack and slash at foes, and cast powerful magic with real-life movements, adventurers now have the control to explore the world of Skyrim
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  • Upcoming PUBG Patch Allows You to Spectate Your Killer

    Upcoming PUBG Patch Allows You to Spectate Your Killer

    There is a new sneak peak at the changes coming in the 1.0 Update #9 for PUBG. This update introduces some new spectate options, notably the ability to spectate the person that killed you. This new spectator option will be available for both solo and any of the team based modes.

    This update will begin on the test server and will move over to the live servers once the major issues are ironed out.
    Spectating Your Killer
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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War to Finally Remove Microtransactions and Fix Final Chapter Grind Ten Months After Release

    Before it was even released back on September 27, 2017, Middle-earth: Shadow of War was under fire for its rather extensive focus on purchasing chests, or loot crates, using real-world money. Players could "earn" rewards such as powerful AI fighters and other bonuses from these purchased chests. These powerful fighters were key to having a powerful defense in the Nemesis System, which tied directly into the game's online multiplayer. Because who doesn't like going up against a horde of powerful but purchased foes? Sure, players could earn many of these chest...
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Caster Sadokist in Hot Water for Using Racial Slurs, Telling Viewers to Kill Themselves

    The somewhat well-known Counter-Strike: Global Offensive caster, Sadokist, is finding himself in some hot water today after he let out at least one obvious racial slur and told his viewers to kill themselves.

    In the Streamable videos below, a couple of Sadokist's remarks are viewable. Be warned that the first video features a racial slur while the second link has him telling a viewer to kill themselves.

    Sadokist going with the hard "r" slur.
    Sadokist telling a viewer that they should kill themselves. Sadokist also said t...
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  • Jurassic World Evolution Releases on June 12, 2018

    Jurassic World Evolution Releases on June 12, 2018

    The digital release of Jurassic World Evolution is slated to be released on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 12, 2018. Those of you who would prefer a physical release will have to wait until July 3. Jurassic World Evolution could perhaps be described as Sim Theme Park but with deadly dinosaurs.

    There are pre-orders available now through the Frontier Store. Those who pre-order before launch will get a platform-exclusive helicopter skin and a ranger vehicle skin. Until June rolls around, feel free to enjoy these new(?) screenshots! ...
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