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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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  • There are Witcher 3 Collectibles Coming from Dark Horse and J!NX

    There are Witcher 3 Collectibles Coming from Dark Horse and J!NX

    Not one, but two different companies are offering to make some collectible figures based off of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. One company, Dark Horse, will specialize in more realistic looking figures while the other company, J!NX, will create an exaggerated vinyl Geralt figure.
    In partnership with CD PROJEKT RED, Dark Horse will launch a high-end product line based on The Witcher in the fall of 2016. Licensed product categories derived from the series will span a large range, including statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery,
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  • Super Footbrawl Combines Gang Beasts with Rocket League

    Super Footbrawl Combines Gang Beasts with Rocket League

    A new game caught our eye today that looks to combine the worlds of Gang Beasts with Rocket League. It's called Super Footbrawl and as you may have already gathered, it seems to combine physics based player movement with the world of backyard soccer.

    I mean, just look at some of these early gameplay clips....
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  • No Physical Release of Heavy Rain PS4 in North America

    No Physical Release of Heavy Rain PS4 in North America

    This is a bit of an odd on. When it comes to game releases, we almost always see North America getting a physical release when one is offered by a publisher. That trend seems to be bucked with the upcoming release of the Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls Collection.

    Quantic Dream posted their regional launch schedule on Facebook today. On it is no indication of a release in North America.

    You can still acquire both digitally. Heavy Rain for the PlayStation 4 is due out on March 1 in North America....
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  • This Week in Review: Firewatch, Quantum Break, and More - February 7-13, 2016

    I've decided to may try something new here. Each weekend, or each "weekend when I have something relevant to talk about, I will put up a new "This Week in Review" at TGN. This will hopefully be a small bit of content that includes short reviews of games I played in the past week and maybe a paragraph or two on some "interesting" bit of news I saw recently that I have an opinion about.

    Let me open with some quick reviews for a couple of games I played this past week: Firewatch and American Truck Simulator. Firewatch is one of those games that ...
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  • The Future of Mobile Gaming

    The Future of Mobile Gaming

    It is not anything new, but the surge in mobile and casual gaming is only going to keep going strong in 2016. These past few years have seen an incredible surge in the popularity of mobile gaming. As of April 2015, 35% of all gamers said they play mobile games. It should only stand to reason to say that number will only increase as time goes on and more and more people pick up phones that are capable of playing games that are visually on par with the consoles they grew up with. We already have a number of titles that have made the transition from mobile to console...
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  • Microsoft Planning Xbox One and Windows 10 Event for February 25

    Microsoft Planning Xbox One and Windows 10 Event for February 25

    Microsoft is planning an Xbox One and Windows 10 event for February 25 in San Francisco. The event will include an open session from 9AM to 6PM and include remarks by Phil Spencer and will shine a light on various upcoming Xbox and Windows games.

    Phil Spencer begins the event with opening remarks. Event goers will get to try Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10, Minecraft, Killer Instinct: Season 3, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, Below, Pit People, Dark Souls 3, The Division, and more. ...
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  • Twitch in 2015 - A Year of Streaming Stats

    Twitch in 2015 - A Year of Streaming Stats

    Twitch released their look back at 2015 today and with it comes some rather surprising facts. For instance, did you know that streamers produced over 241,441,000,000 worth of content in 2015 alone?

    The top 10 games streamed on Twitch include ten titles that were all released before 2015.
    1. League of Legends
    2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
    3. DOTA 2
    4. HearthStone
    5. Minecraft
    6. H1Z1
    7. Destiny
    8. World of Tanks
    9. World of Warcraft
    10. FIFA 15
    While most of Twitch's viewers continue to watch via the desktop (56%), mobile and console viewing saw...
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  • Bethesda Finally Teases Fallout 4 DLC News

    Bethesda Finally Teases Fallout 4 DLC News

    It's been a long time coming but Bethesda has finally revealed their plans for Fallout 4 DLC!

    What's that?

    They only teased an announcement? Oh, well to hell with everything then!-
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  • Only One: The Game - Kanye West is Supposedly Making a Game with Paul McCartney


    Kanye West is making a game that will have music by Paul McCartney. It's called Only One: The Game and features Donda West (Kanye's late mom) riding Pegasus to the heavens.

    The above trailer seems to be the only footage online for this game right now. I apologize for how bad the quality and the annoying outro. Your guess is as good as mine right now about just what in the world is going on.
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  • NPD January 2016: PlayStation 4 and Black Ops 3 Dominate as Overall Sales Decline

    For January 2016, the NPD found that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 outsold the competition on the software side of things. Meanwhile, the PlayStation 4 once again was the best selling hardware platform. This is all despite the fact that overall hardware and software sales were down compared to January 2015.
    NPD January 2016 - Software Sales
    1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
    2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
    3. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
    4. Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
    5. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One,
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  • QuakeCon 2016 - Online Pre-Registration Opens March 14

    QuakeCon 2016 - Online Pre-Registration Opens March 14

    On March 14, those looking to attend QuakeCon 2016 will be able to try for the first round of online pre-registration. Check out what each package includes.
    Monday, March 14th at 7pm CT/8pm ET
    Round 1 | BYOC Select-a-Seat with UAC Command Center Seating
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