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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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  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake Would Take Longer to Develop than the Final Fantasy 13 Trilogy

    In speaking with Joystiq, Final Fantasy producer, Yoshinori Kitase, said that while he would love to do an HD version of Final Fantasy 7, the work load would be more than the entire Final Fantasy 13 trilogy.

    Keeping in mind that the trilogy of Final Fantasy 13 games took over 10 years to develop and release and you should have a better idea of how big of a task it would be to remake Final Fantasy 7 with modern visuals and high definition audio.
    "I still think it's going to be a very challenging task," Kitase said, before reiterating that remastering
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  • A Work Around for the 'Black Screen' Bug for Xbox One Users After Latest Update

    Though the latest Xbox One update brought about some much needed new functionality to the system, it also brought about a curious issue that many gamers are experiencing. Some are reporting that after they turn their system on, they are met with only a blank, black screen.

    Microsoft is aware of the issue and have already provided an easy work around.
    Yes, it's just that easy to fix. Hold the power button down for 10 seconds and reboot your Xbox One. That should fix the issue. Besides the dreaded black scree...
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  • Unofficial Gameplay Footage for The Order: 1886

    Unofficial Gameplay Footage for The Order: 1886

    Here is just the briefest glimpses of gameplay from The Order: 1886. You've already seen two new non-gameplay trailers today so why not see how the game looks in action. The footage is not direct from Sony or Ready at Dawn and may also not be direct feed either (crackling sound in places, cuts, etc.).

    It's not very telling from the footage shown if it's all narrow corridors and Telltale style quick time events, so keep your fingers crossed that the full game isn't merely Gears of War in the Victorian era.

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  • New Trailers for the PS4 Exclusive - The Order: 1886

    New Trailers for the PS4 Exclusive - The Order: 1886

    A couple of new trailers have come out today for the PlayStation 4 exclusive, The Order: 1886. Unfortunately, neither of them actually show any gameplay, but we'll get back to that in the next news post.


    The next trailer seems like a bit of a "Cliff's Notes" version of the announcement trailer from E3 2012. Just for the hell of it, we'll include it anyway.

    The Order: 1886 introduces players to a unique vision of Victorian-Era London where Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient foe. As a member
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  • PlayStation 4 has Sold over 5.3 Million Units to Date

    PlayStation 4 has Sold over 5.3 Million Units to Date

    As of February 8, the PlayStation 4 has already surpassed 5.3 million units sold throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and a few parts of Asia. That figure is just Sony's estimate on sell-through to the end consumer, so the actual number of units sold to retailers may be a bit higher.

    Though I can't imagine the number would be that much higher since it's still next to impossible to find a PlayStation 4 in stock anywhere, at least here in the States. Last month, sales of the PS4 were at 4.2 million and later this week, the system will...
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  • Hard Mode Coming to FTL: Advanced Edition

    Hard Mode Coming to FTL: Advanced Edition

    For those wondering just how the hell FTL could possibly get any harder, your guess is as good as mine. I haven't even beat the game on Easy yet and they're adding a Hard mode to the game.

    Of course that wasn't all that was revealed in the latest blog entry about FTL: Advanced...
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  • Battlefield 4 Free Handgun Shortcut is Available Now

    Battlefield 4 Free Handgun Shortcut is Available Now

    The shortcut package that lets you unlock every pistol in Battlefield 4 is now available through Origin.

    It should show the price as being $0, a savings of 100% from its normal price of $4.99 (USD). It includes the following unlocks: M9, QSZ-92, MP443, SHORTY 12G, G18, FN57, M1911, 93R, CZ-75, .44 MAGNUM, and Compact 45.

    Unless I'm remembering incorrectly, there should still be shortcut kits for the DMRs and shotguns coming soon.
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  • BioShock Developer Irrational Games 'Winding Down' as Most Employees are Laid Off

    Ken Levine updated the Irrational Games website earlier today with a sad message for fans of the BioShock series and System Shock 2, to name a couple. He says that Irrational Games will be "winding down" and that he will be moving to a "smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor" at Take-Two.

    He also says that this means having to let go of all but 15 employees at Irrational Games. Here is Ken Levine's message to the fans.
    When Jon Chey, Rob Fermier and I founded Irrational Games seventeen years ago, our mission was to make visually unique worlds
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  • Downtown and Thunder are Two More Player Choices Picks for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Hot on the heels of Seaside and Motel, two more maps were revealed for inclusion in the next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Operation. Those two maps are Downtown and Thunder.


    There are just two more maps left to be revealed in what the players selected for inclusion in the next Operation. Stay tuned!

    (via Counter-strike.net)...
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  • Dear Esther Dev Explains the Hidden Costs in Using the Source Engine

    Dear Esther Dev Explains the Hidden Costs in Using the Source Engine

    Dear Esther is making the move from the Source Engine to Unity as it readies for release on the consoles. So, why the switch? Apparently there were some hidden costs associated with using the Source Engine that The Chinese Room wasn't aware of initially. Robert Briscoe explains how he received a "huge bill" for some of the middleware included in the Source Engine. He says that neither he nor his team was aware of any of the middleware of the fees associated with it. The team also had to p ay for separate license for each platform and resulted in "a big h...
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  • Gabe Newell Responds to Accusations Saying Valve is Spying on Your Browsing Habits

    The other day, someone made the claim that Valve is reading all of your DNS cache entries and sending those entries to Valve. What a surprise it was (not really) when it turns out that wasn't true.

    Hearing enough of this nonsense, Valve's own Gabe Newell decided to set the record straight on what VAC is and is not doing. Here is his Reddit post, reproduced in full.
    Trust is a critical part of a multiplayer game community - trust in the developer, trust in the system, and trust in the other players. Cheats are a negative sum game, where a
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