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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  • Valve Launches 'Recently Updated' Section on Steam

    Valve Launches 'Recently Updated' Section on Steam

    Today, Valve launched the "Recently Updated" section on Steam that will highlight "titles offering new and interesting updates, features, and/or content additions."
    Designed to give developers more ways to communicate with gamers about their products on Steam, this public release was matched with a tools release that lets developers elect when to add their update to this product area and what to say about the contents of their latest update. "The more options developers have for communicating about their products the better it is for everyone," says Tom Bui of
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Includes Weapon Changes, Quickplay Improvements, and More - February 7, 2014

    Another update for Team Fortress 2 started to roll out today. It's got weapon changes, balancing, fixes to the Quickplay feature, and more.

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 for February 7, 2014

    Weapon Updates - The Shortstop -- Reduced extra knockback penalty from 80% to 40% - The Short Circuit -- Added Penalty - No longer gain metal from dispensers when active - The Cleaner's Carbine -- Changed OnKill effect from gain crits for 3 seconds to gain mini-crits for 8 seconds - Natascha -- Added Positive Attribute +50% extra ammo -
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  • The Last of Us Wins 10 DICE Awards Including Game of the Year

    The Last of Us Wins 10 DICE Awards Including Game of the Year

    The 17th annual DICE Awards were held earlier tonight and Naughty Dog's The Last of Us nearly swept the show. They won a total of 10 awards, including the coveted Game of the Year award.

    There were a few other winners as well, including World of Tanks, Grand Theft Auto V, and more. Let's check out the full list of winners!
    Game of the Year
    The Last of Us

    Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
    The Last of Us

    Outstanding Achievement in Story
    The Last of Us

    Outstanding Character
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  • Sledgehammer Games to Develop 2014 Call of Duty Release as Development Cycle Switches to Three Years

    Previously, the development roles on the Call of Duty franchise alternated between Infinity Ward and Treyarch. Now, Activision has announced that Sledgehammer Games is coming in as a third developer for the series.

    This will move the two year development cycle to a three year development cycle for each studio. Sledgehammer is already to finish up development on the 2014 installment of the series. So yes, while the development cycle per studio is at three years, there will still be annual releases of everyone's favorite FPS.
    "For the first
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  • EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Announced

    EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Announced

    EA and EA Sports have announced EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil to celebrate the upcoming soccer World Cup.

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  • Sega Finally Calling a Game 'Sonic Boom'

    Sega Finally Calling a Game 'Sonic Boom'

    This trailer for Sonic Boom has it all. Sonic. Knuckles. Tails. That pink haired friend of theirs. Rose? Is it Rose? I'm pretty sure it's Rose. It has voice acting. It's got a scene from Dune. It's also got dubstep.

    Alright, let's watch it!

    Whoa, Knuckles, what did they do to you?! At least the graphical design on some of the environments looks like a step in the right direction. Hey, this has to be better than Sonic '06, right? There's no way this can be worse than that. This game will be exclusive to the Nint...
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  • Amazon Acquires Double Helix Games

    Amazon Acquires Double Helix Games

    Let that sink in for a moment. The online retail giant, Amazon, has just purchased Double Helix Games, a game development studio. Double Helix is perhaps best known currently for their work on Killer Instinct for the Xbox One.

    Double Helix previously worked on Silent Hill Homecoming, Battleship, and a few other titles. TechCrunch managed to get confirmation from Amazon about the acquisition.

    That was very much to...
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Adds Stickers, Underhand Grenade Throws, Map Fixes, and More - February 5, 2014

    An update was released tonight for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that includes a wide variety of changes to the game. These include the addition of hats stickers to the game. They show up as "Sticker Capsules" that can be unlocked with a Sticker Capsule Key. You can apply these stickers to guns.

    Changelog for CS:GO for February 5, 2014

    STICKERS - Added Sticker Capsules. Each capsule contains one sticker out of a series of sticker designs. - Sticker Capsules can be received as drops at the end of matches, and are opened using a Sticker Capsule Key
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  • Tonight's Dota 2 Update Includes a few Fixes - February 5, 2014

    Tonight's Dota 2 Update Includes a few Fixes - February 5, 2014

    The update for Dota 2 that's rolling out right now includes a few fixes, an additions, and a double drop rate on Ingots.

    Changelog for Dota 2 for February 5, 2014

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  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Trailer Introduces the Toy Maker

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Trailer Introduces the Toy Maker

    The enigmatic Toy Maker makes his triumphant return from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate! And it looks like he's just as wily as he's ever been in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2!

    The game will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on February 25. You can pre-order now from the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 website....
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  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Coming to PlayStation Vita

    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Coming to PlayStation Vita

    Next month, the PS Vita will be able to get their hands on Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F.

    It's amazing to look back and see how far we've come over the last year. For that, we have nothing but thanks for each and every one of you who picked up the game (or plans to) and is part of that story. From a Facebook post asking for your likes and shares, to a PS3 version announcement and successful launch, and now, for all the PS Vita owners, a portable version of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f in just a month. A lot can happen in a year!
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