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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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  • The High Cost of Virtual Reality - Oculus Rift Priced at $600

    The High Cost of Virtual Reality - Oculus Rift Priced at $600

    If you want in on the absolute ground floor of consumer virtual reality (sorry Virtual Boy), you're going to have to pay a very hefty price tag. Oculus VR unveiled their price and release window today and it's not making most fans happy. For $600 (USD), not including shipping, you can get the first generation Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. God help you if you are looking to pay in Euros. This pre-order includes the headset with built-in headphones, a motion tracking sensor, an Xbox One controller, a wireless adapter for the controller, an "Oculus Remote," a copy o...
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  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ Not Free, Adds More Bosses, Items, Mod Support, and More

    The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ has been confirmed to be a new piece of paid DLC coming later this year. It adds in new items, new enemies, new bosses, redesigned content, and "a few surprises." In addition to all of that content Afterbirth+ includes mod support. Users will be able to create custom runs, item placement, sound packs, scripts, etc with this DLC. The new content, save for the mod tools will be on PC, OSX, Linux, XB1, and PS4. The mod tools will only be available on the PC. The blog also notes that those who want Afterbirth+ will need to own both R...
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  • HTC Vive Pre is Lighter, Brighter, and Includes a Camera

    HTC Vive Pre is Lighter, Brighter, and Includes a Camera

    The early word out of CES 2016 is that the HTC Vive Pre virtual reality headset made some key improvements since its last showing. It is now reportedly lighter, includes a brighter screen, and a new front-facing camera.

    Fortune has the word on what's new in Vive Pre.
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  • Rick and Morty Mobile Game "Pocket Mortys" Announced #QuickHits

    Rick and Morty Mobile Game "Pocket Mortys" Announced #QuickHits

    A Rick and Morty game, Pocket Mortys, was announced today for a January 14 release. There are only about three gifs of it available. It seems like it plays a bit like Pokemon....
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  • CS:GO - A Follow Up to Integrity and Fair Play

    CS:GO - A Follow Up to Integrity and Fair Play

    Today, Valve posted a new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive blog entry that talks about "Integrity and Fair Play." This blog entry talks about professional Counter-Strike gameplay and how they are still working constantly to ensure a fair and cheat-free playing field especially in the world of CS:GO eSports. They also reiterate how some of their previous bans continue to be active and will continue to be active for the foreseeable future.
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  • PlayStation 4 Nears 36 Million Units Sold

    PlayStation 4 Nears 36 Million Units Sold

    Thanks to a strong holiday season, Sony revealed that they are nearing 36 million PlayStation 4 units sold to date. To be specific, Sony announced that the current installed user base is sitting at 35.9 million. This is a jump of 5.7 million units sold just this holiday season. In 2014 Sony sold 4.1 million units in the same period. In 2013, Sony sold 4.2 million units after its release. On the software side of things, there were an estimated 35 million games sold in the same span of time. For the 2014 holiday season, there were an estimated 17.8 million games ...
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  • Episode 7: The NewsBits Awaken

    Episode 7: The NewsBits Awaken

    Hey, so like, Newsbits are back. Yay? Yay. To those that don't know, Newsbits are the CS-Nation precursor to QuickHits. I don't know if they were "News Bits" or "NewsBits" but for now they'll be whatever I feel like typing at the time. I probably should have included the other two "quickhits" items from today in with this, but I only realized too late how much "not quite important at this point in time for a proper news post news items" there were today.
    Infinium Strike is coming to the Xbox One in Q2 2016 in addition to the previously announced PC, Mac,
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  • Cinematic Trailer Tease for SMITE World Championship #QuickHits

    Cinematic Trailer Tease for SMITE World Championship #QuickHits

    There is a new cinematic teaser trailer for the upcoming Smite World Championship, which begins January 7.
    Hi-Rez Studios is kicking off the SMITE World Championship (SWC) this Thursday, Jan. 7, to determine the best SMITE players in the world with a prize pool of $1,000,000 for the PC World Championship and $150,000 for the Xbox One Invitational. Hi-Rez will broadcast the event on Twitch, beginning with the keynote address on Thursday at 11 a.m. EST via http://www.twitch.tv/smitegame
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  • Lightning Returns as a Fashion Model for Louis Vuitton #QuickHits

    Lightning Returns as a Fashion Model for Louis Vuitton #QuickHits

    Recently, the character of Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII stopped fighting whatever it is she fought in three Final Fantasy games and instead took to being a fashion model for Louis Vuitton.
    LOS ANGELES (Jan. 5, 2015)
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Super Confirmed for January 28 Release

    Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Super Confirmed for January 28 Release

    Despite it being "confirmed" the past week it's now super ultra mega confirmed that the PC release of Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming January 28. Square Enix made their official announcement today alongside the pre-orders opening up for the game on Steam, Amazon, the Square Enix store, and more.
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  • You Can Find Almost Anyone in Video Games These Days

    You Can Find Almost Anyone in Video Games These Days

    It used to be that the characters you would find in video games were only found in video games. Whether it was Pac-Man, Q*bert, Mario, or Sonic, you would only be able to see them when you put a quarter in a machine or turned on your console. Well, that has certainly changed. From merchandise to cartoons, the reach of these characters has extended way past video games. And this phenomenon now works the other way as well. Characters you see in TV shows and movies appear in video games all the time. Sherlock Holmes is a great example of this. While the good inspecto...
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