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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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  • WildStar Offering Free Level 50 Character Just for Logging In

    WildStar Offering Free Level 50 Character Just for Logging In

    If you log in to WildStar between March 8 at 11:59PM (PT) and Sunday, March 12 you will be given a free level 50 character boost.
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  • Airport Master Developer Bullying Consumers; Has Limited Understanding of Fair Use Law

    This past week, STICLI Games, the developers of Airport Master on Steam decided they wanted to kill off any chance at fame and fortune that their game might have had. I say this because they have been going after consumers that have uploaded commentary filled and critique filled gameplay videos to YouTube with trademark and copyright claims. It doesn't matter if the videos show the game in a positive light or a negative one, if you upload videos with gameplay footage from Airport Master, STICLI Games will go after you. Just in case you missed another important b...
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  • dbrand Warns New Switch Users Not to Use Stickers, Skins, or Vinyls on Their New Console

    dbrand, the company behind a number of vinyl wraps and skins for devices such as phones, laptops, and even consoles, have went a bit above and beyond this weekend. dbrand has actually told users not to apply any stickers or skins to their Nintendo Switch consoles. They have even gone so far as to refund everybody that has pre-ordered their Switch skins that were on sale prior to this weekend's notice. While working on the prototypes for their Switch dbrand skins, the company found out that the materials used on the Joycons, the console, and the dock will be des...
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  • Nintendo Claims Dead Pixels on Switch are Not a Defect

    Nintendo Claims Dead Pixels on Switch are Not a Defect

    If you are the proud owner of the new Nintendo Switch, it's hopeful that everything is working fine for you. However, if you happen to be some of the unfortunate people that received a Switch with dead pixels, Nintendo has essentially said that you're SOL.

    The UK Nintendo support site says that dead and stuck pixels on the Switch screen "should not be considered a defect."
    Small numbers of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens. These are normal and should not be considered a defect.
    To Nintendo's credit, there are numerou...
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda - Videos for Exploration, Discovery, Crafting, and the First 13 Minutes

    There are a couple of new videos out today for Mass Effect Andromeda. The first comes to us directly from BioWare and EA and is part of their ongoing gameplay video series. This particular video focuses on exploration, discovery, and crafting within Andromeda. The second video is from IGN and shows off the first 13 minutes of the game. Naturally, if you don't want any spoilers, you may want to avoid IGN's video. First thing is first though, let's see what where you can explore, what you can discover, and what you can craft in Mass Effect Andromeda. ...
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  • Racing Game WRC 6 Released Today

    Racing Game WRC 6 Released Today

    WRC 6, the "official game of the FIA World Rally Championship," was released today on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. As you may have gathered already, it is a rally racing game.
    Developed by Kylotonn Racing Games, WRC 6 is an extreme motorsport challenge that offers the complete rally experience with accurately reproduced tracks, teams, and drivers from the World Rally Championship. In addition, the game offers 11 new Super Special Stages that combine unique driving challenges with iconic environments from around the world. To help friends
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  • Bolivia Might Sue France Due to Ghost Recon Wildlands

    Bolivia Might Sue France Due to Ghost Recon Wildlands

    Ghost Recon Wildlands is a fictional game that takes place in the very real country of Bolivia. The fictionalized Bolivia is overrun and controlled by Mexican drug cartels. The real Bolivia doesn't really appreciate being depicted as such. Cue the lawsuit!

    Reuters says that Bolivia's interior minister, Carlos Romero, told the French government (Ubisoft is in France) that Bolivia has "reserved the right to take legal action" if the French government doesn't intervene. This complaint was filed with the French embassy.
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  • PSA: PlayStation 4 Price Dropping to 200 Euros Tomorrow

    PSA: PlayStation 4 Price Dropping to 200 Euros Tomorrow

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  • Sleeping Dogs Movie Starring Donnie Yen is Coming

    Sleeping Dogs Movie Starring Donnie Yen is Coming

    If you wanted more Sleeping Dogs then do I ever have good news for you. If you wanted Sleeping Dogs 2 then continue to be disappointed. According to Deadline.com, a Sleeping Dogs film staring Donnie Yen is in the works.
    Yen, who recently co-starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, follows an undercover police officer (Yen) on a mission to take down one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the notorious Triads. The movie based on an action video game is set in Hong Kong and focuses on martial
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  • NieR: Automata Coming to PC on March 17; System Requirements Revealed

    NieR: Automata Coming to PC on March 17; System Requirements Revealed

    Square Enix and FromSoftware announced that NieR: Automata will be released on the PC on March 17. There are some nice pre-order bonuses (seen above) for those that get the special "Day One Edition." We also have the PC system requirements for you....
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  • Final Fantasy XV PC Tech Demo Video

    Final Fantasy XV PC Tech Demo Video

    Yesterday, news came out of GDC 2017 that Square Enix showed off some Final Fantasy XV assets running on PC with an Nvidia GTX 1080Ti. Today, Square Enix just up and released that trailer to the public.

    The PC footage in question begins around the 1:45 mark in the video. And yep, that sure looks like Final Fantasy XV running on a PC with some rather lovely grass tech and lighting at work there.

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