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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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  • First Details, Screens, and Video for Battlefield 1: Turning Tides DLC

    First Details, Screens, and Video for Battlefield 1: Turning Tides DLC

    DICE and EA started to share some of the first details on the Turning Tides DLC coming soon to Battlefield 1. We're looking at four new maps spread out across a two month release window, the addition of the Royal Marines, six new weapons, and more. A bulk of this new content will be added in December.
    COMING IN DECEMBER
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  • Naughty Dog Finds No Evidence of Sexual Harassment Allegations from David Ballard

    Over the weekend, a former Naughty Dog employee, David Ballard, claims that he was sexually harassed while employed with the Uncharted studio. He also stated that after bringing the harassment up with his employers he was let go and offered $20,000 to keep quiet about the situation.

    Earlier today, Naughty Dog issued a statement in response to these allegations.
    We have recently read on social media that an ex-employee of Naughty Dog, Dave Ballard, claims he was sexually harassed when he worked at Naughty Dog. We have not found any evidence
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  • Former Naughty Dog Employee, David Ballard, Claims He was Sexually Harassed by Lead in 2015

    David Ballard was an environmental artist and level designer throughout most of the Uncharted series in addition to The Last of Us. I say "was" because Ballard parted ways from Naughty Dog in 2016, though it seems as though he did not leave on friendly terms.

    He says he was fired from Naughty Dog after suffering a mental breakdown in early 2016 as a result of being "sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead" in late 2015. He states that Sony tried to buy his silence about what happened to him. I'll let his own words speak for themselves on the matter. ...
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  • Game Releases for Friday the 13th - WWE 2K18, The Evil Within 2, and More

    Game Releases for Friday the 13th - WWE 2K18, The Evil Within 2, and More

    We have some spooky and not-so-spooky game and DLC releases for you today. Who knows though, maybe it's all spooky to you depending on your definition of "scary." Today, WWE 2K18 was released alongside The Evil Within 2. Also released today is Crytek announcing an Early Access release of Hunt: Showdown and an open alpha for a multiplayer brawl-shooter called Aftercharge.

    WWE 2K18
    WWE 2K18 feature highlights include:
    • Extensive Roster: Featuring nearly 200 playable WWE and NXT Superstars and Legends, including cover Superstar Seth Rollins along
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  • Cuphead Surpasses 1 Million Units Sold

    Cuphead Surpasses 1 Million Units Sold

    StudioMDHR had some great news to pass along today. Their game, Cuphead, has surpassed 1 million units sold. The game, which released only a couple of weeks back on September 29, is out only on the Xbox One and Windows.
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  • Humble Bundle Acquired by IGN

    Humble Bundle Acquired by IGN

    IGN announced today that they have acquired Humble Bundle. Talk about out of left field, eh?

    Humble, as you may not know, often sells "bundles" of games for a pay-what-you-want price. Obviously, the more you play the more you will get on most bundles. Humble also expanded to publishing games, running a game subscription service, and they operate a more traditional online storefront like Steam or GOG. IGN says that this acquisition will allow Humble to continue operating independently. They said that there should be no significant changes to either b...
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  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 2 Launches October 19

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 2 Launches October 19

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm continues its episodic journey on October 19. On that date the second episode, Brave New World, will be released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam.
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  • Dragon Age Director Mike Laidlaw Leaves BioWare

    Dragon Age Director Mike Laidlaw Leaves BioWare

    Mike Laidlaw, the Creative Director for the Dragon Age series, announced today that he is leaving BioWare. Laidlaw has spent 14 years with the company, offering his talents to games and franchises that include Jade Empire and, of course, Dragon Age.

    As for the next Dragon Age game? Well, things aren't looking too great. The last official word was that the game was in some very early stages of development. With Laidlaw parting ways, the future of the franchise comes into question. It also doesn't help matters that a number of Dragon Age related...
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  • Hello Neighbor Getting Physical Retail Release on December 8

    Hello Neighbor Getting Physical Retail Release on December 8

    A physical retail release of Hello Neighbor is coming on December 8 for $29.99 (USD) courtesy of Gearbox Publishing and tinyBuild. In fact, Xbox One owners can actually pre-order the game as early as today from select retailers in the United States. More U.S. and international retailers will be announced later on.
    In Hello Neighbor, you move into a brand-new suburb, where you discover your neighbor is hiding something in his basement. The only logical thing to do is to break into his house and figure out what he's hiding. Your main goal is to get into the
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  • F2P Fighter Brawlhalla Launches on PS4 and PC on October 17

    F2P Fighter Brawlhalla Launches on PS4 and PC on October 17

    Currently sitting at more than 7 million players in its Early Access state, the free-to-play "platform fighter" Brawlhalla will be officially released on October 17 for the PC and PlayStation 4. One day later on the 18th we will see the release of the Corsair, a new Legend added to the roster.
    The corsair is a momentous Legend release, as she brings with her the cannon, a massive new weapon type great for bludgeoning foes or blasting them.

    In Brawlhalla, the greatest fighters throughout history battle for supremacy in the Grand Tourn
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  • ESRB Doesn't See Loot Boxes as a Form of Gambling

    ESRB Doesn't See Loot Boxes as a Form of Gambling

    Loot boxes. We all know them, we all have a love-hate relationship with them. They're those things where you can spend currency to purchase boxes that contain "random" loot drops that range from cosmetics to gameplay altering gear. More often than not, these loot boxes can be purchased using real world currency. A lot of people feel as though this is a form of gambling.

    While it seems obvious that loot boxes are indeed a form of gambling, the ESRB doesn't seem to agree. Kotaku was the first outlet to get a response back from the ESRB about what they...
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