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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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  • New Screens from Dontnod's Vampyr

    New Screens from Dontnod's Vampyr

    Dontnod Entertainment released a few new screenshots today for their upcoming game, Vampyr. For those that may not remember, Vampyr is a horror RPG where you are both a vampire and a doctor.

    Vampyr is still seemingly on track for a 2017 release on PC, PS4, and XB1. Until then, here are four new shots and a bit more background info to tide you over until the next wave of media is released.
    Vampyr is set in early 20th century Britain as the country is gripped by the lethal Spanish flu and the streets of London are crippled by disease, violence
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  • Microsoft Revives Conker in the Worst Way Imaginable: As a HoloLens Game

    Microsoft Revives Conker in the Worst Way Imaginable: As a HoloLens Game

    Remember Conker? He's the foul-mouthed squirrel that won the hearts and minds of an entire generation of Nintendo 64 owners. He briefly returned as a footnote in Project Spark. Fans weren't too thrilled about that. So what does Microsoft do? They go right back to the drawing board and bring Conker back as a younger version of himself for a HoloLens game.

    Are you for real right now?
    Guide a playful, pint-sized hero through your world in an ever-changing adventure game that highlights the fun of playing in mixed reality. Levels change and adapt
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  • Major Minecraft Update Released - Minecraft 1.9 is the "Combat Update"

    Major Minecraft Update Released - Minecraft 1.9 is the "Combat Update"

    Minecraft was just updated to version 1.9 today and wow is it ever a major, major update. Mojang is calling it the "Combat Update" but it includes far more than just significant updates to the combat. It also includes a glider, a new mob, more things to do in The End, new plants, new blocks, enchanted arrows, and more.

    The general overview changelog is below. The full 1.9 changelog is really long and there's no way in hell I'm about to paste that short novel length thing over here and/or try to format it for this site.
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  • HTC Vive Virtual Reality Package is Now Available for Pre-Order

    HTC Vive Virtual Reality Package is Now Available for Pre-Order

    Hey, do you have $799 (USD) to spare? You do? Wow, that's surprising! I'll keep an eye on the mail for your check then! Oh, you're planning on buying the HTC Vive instead? Oh. Well, I understand. I hear virtual reality is going to be really amazing and here before we know it, especially with the HTC Vive now being available for pre-order. I hear it's going to come with two of their fancy VR controllers and movement tracking across an entire room in full 360 degrees. That's kind of wild. I think Valve, one of the two major companies involved in the creation of...
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  • This Week in Review: Superhot (February 21 - 27, 2016)

    This Week in Review: Superhot (February 21 - 27, 2016)

    I'm going to level with you all. Outside of Superhot, I haven't really had much time to play anything else "new" this week. And well, I already have a fairly lengthy review up for Superhot. Maybe you've seen it?

    What else was there? Well, I started to play Until Dawn on the PlayStation 4. It's not really a new release though, but I am enjoying it. I have seen it played through a few times and I still wanted to purchase it. Fortunately, Sony had a sale on the game and I was able to get it through PSN for about $24. Maybe I'll have a bit more to say...
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  • Global Offensive Update for February 26, 2016

    Global Offensive Update for February 26, 2016

    An update was released a short time ago for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It adds in a couple of things for Operation Wildfire along with including a bunch of fixes for various maps.

    Changelog for CS:GO for February 26, 2016

    OPERATION WILDFIREMAPS
    Cache
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  • Gabe Newell Responds to Terrible Dota 2 Shanghai Major - Calls James Harding an Ass, Fires Production Company

    Apparently, the Dota 2 Shanghai Major is kind of a shitshow. There are apparently problems with players getting the appropriate hardware, there are problems with being unable to watch the matches, and the list goes on.

    It apparently got so bad that Gabe Newell took to the Dota 2 subreddit to reveal that someone named James is an ass and that they're firing the production company.
    Two things: 1) James. We've had issues with James at previous events. Some Valve people lobbied to bring him back for Shanghai, feeling that he deserved another cha
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  • The Church in the Darkness Examines the Cult Movements of the 70s

    The Church in the Darkness Examines the Cult Movements of the 70s

    Richard Rouse III (The Suffering, State of Decay) unveiled his new game today, The Church in the Darkness. The Church in the Darkness takes a look at the real-life cult movements of the 1970s. The game features the voice talents of Ellen McLain (GLaDOS) and John Patrick Lowrie (Sniper in Team Fortress 2). The two will voice the cult leaders in the game and both are also helping to compose the game's soundtrack.
    No one is forced to join a cult. It welcomes you. It understands you. It envelops you until the words become more than truth―they make you
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  • Master of Orion Collector's Edition Out Now

    Master of Orion Collector's Edition Out Now

    The Collector's Edition for Master of Orion was released today as Early Access.
    February 26, 2016
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  • Rumor: Battlefield 5 Retail Listing Suggests WWI Setting

    Rumor: Battlefield 5 Retail Listing Suggests WWI Setting

    A retail listing for Battlefield 5 popped up at a Swiss online retailer, World of Games. The description for the game mentions an October 26 release date and a description that points to the game being a "multiplayer tactical shooter in WWI."

    The listing at the retailer still exists, however the description has been removed to simply say that it is a "multiplayer tactical shooter."

    A Twitter user, Doctor_Cupcakes, seems to be the person that first discovered the initial listing. The original image with the old description can be found below. ...
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  • Batmobile Coming to Rocket League

    Batmobile Coming to Rocket League

    The Batmobile from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film is coming soon to Rocket League as a new piece of DLC.
    Available Tuesday, March 8, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack will put players behind the wheel of the renowned crime-fighting vehicle, which has been faithfully re-created in Rocket League, to mirror Batman's ride in the upcoming film. In addition to the Batmobile itself, the Car Pack also will include three exclusive Antenna Flags enabling players to show their allegiance to World's Finest trinity: Batman, Superman
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