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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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  • Launch Trailer for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

    Launch Trailer for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

    It's a launch trailer for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. I'm not really sure what more you need to know.


    It sports better visuals than the previous version, including the PC. It features much higher resolution textures, better character models, better animation, TressFX for the hair, physics on more items and objects, but it runs at 30FPS on the Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 version is said to hit 60FPS far more often than the Xbox One version does....
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  • Amazing Pre-Alpha Walkthrough of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Amazing Pre-Alpha Walkthrough of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    I don't recall having heard anything about Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor before today. Suddenly, this walkthrough video came out and just blew my mind and made this game from relative unknown to "I want this right this second!"

    The game is an open-world action RPG set in the Lord of the Rings universe. You assume the role of Talion, a ranger with Wraith powers. The big draw here is the "Nemesis System" which lets the player interact with various characters and adjusts how those characters behave, as highlighted in the video. As far as the timel...
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Includes Fixes and Updates - January 23, 2014

    Team Fortress 2 Update Includes Fixes and Updates - January 23, 2014

    An update to Team Fortress 2 was just released by Valve. This update seems like it's more of a bug fix release than anything else since almost everything in the changelog includes the words "fixed" or "updated."

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 for January 23, 2014

    - Add quickplay option to only connect to official Valve servers - Prevent game servers from redirecting players to alternate servers when players connect through quickplay - Fixed the show_htmlpage command bypassing the cl_disablehtmlmotd convar on the client - Fixed the loading screen not render
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Released - January 23, 2014

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Released - January 23, 2014

    An update was just released for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

    Changelog for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update for January 23, 2014

    - Significant improvement to server infrastructure to support growing CS:GO community.


    UI - Fixed an alt-tab related memory leak - Added ability for Friends Lister to display two columns of friends. - Added ability for mouse wheel to scroll Friends Lister. - Added filtering by item name. Players can enter any part of an item name in the text field to filter their inventory. - Added ability to sort i
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  • Superman Joins Infinite Crisis

    Superman Joins Infinite Crisis

    Check out the latest Champion Profile for Infinite Crisis. Today's reveal is for none other than Superman! Watch as he joins up with the rest of the DC Universe in the upcoming free-to-play MOBA from Turbine.

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  • PlanetSide 2's Revised Roadmap Details Future Updates

    PlanetSide 2's Revised Roadmap Details Future Updates

    The PlanetSide 2 team has updated the PlanetSide 2 Roadmap to keep fans in the know on what to expect in the coming months.

    Below is just a very small sample of what players can see on this revised roadmap.
    Outfit Recruiting - Rolling with an outfit in PlanetSide 2 is really making the most of what the game has to offer in a number of different ways, so we want to make the process of finding an outfit and finding new recruits easier for everyone involved.

    New Continent: Hossin - Adding a brand new continent: Hossin, a swamp
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  • Celebrate the Year of EverQuest with SOE

    Celebrate the Year of EverQuest with SOE

    Move over Luigi, Sony Online Entertainment says that 2014 is the year of EverQuest. A new video from Producers on the various EverQuest titles shine a light on what's to come in EverQuest, EverQuest II, and EverQuest Next Landmark.

    EverQuest - Celebrate 15 years of the MMO innovator with January's Call of the Forsaken: Hate Rising game update (launching today!) and 15th Anniversary content out this March

    EverQuest II - Celebrate 10 years of the hit MMO sequel with all new game content updates (starting tomorrow!)

    EverQuest
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  • Ten Additional Verified Jobs Added to GTA Online

    Ten Additional Verified Jobs Added to GTA Online

    Rockstar just approved and verified ten more jobs for GTA Online today. These include new Rockstar Verified jobs from the community and items created for their special #CreatorWeekend contest on the Rockstar Social Club.
    ROCKSTAR VERIFIED
    Twists and Twirls A complex but beautifully constructed point-to-point through some of Blaine County's iconic countryside. Follow the winding roads of Vinewood Hills as you race from Galileo Observatory through to Tongva Valley. Car selection from the Sports class is key here - steer clear of the Comet's twitc
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  • Full Opening Cinematic for The Last of Us: Left Behind

    Full Opening Cinematic for The Last of Us: Left Behind

    If you don't mind a few spoilers here and there, then you won't mind checking out the full opening cinematic for the upcoming DLC The Last of Us: Left Behind for the PlayStation 3.

    Again, don't watch if you don't want to experience any spoilers for this DLC.

    A familiar face returns as new light is shed on an essential relationship in the story of The Last of Us. Naughty Dog continues to explore the themes of survival, loyalty, and love in their first ever single player DLC with The Last of Us: Left Behind.
    Left Behind is availabl...
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  • Blizzard Suing Chinese Developer of Hearthstone Clone

    Blizzard Suing Chinese Developer of Hearthstone Clone

    A $1.65 million lawsuit is underway from Blizzard against Unico Interactive for allegedly making a clone of Hearthstone. Unico's game is called Legend of Crouching Dragon, and Blizzard says elements from that game infringes on their rights.


    Blizzard, and their Chinese licensing partner, NetEase, point out clear similarities in the layout, interface, and the visual style of both games. Legend of Crouching Dragon has been in a beta stage for several months while Hearthstone just went to a free open beta yesterday. Legend of Crouching D...
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  • EA Also Caught Paying for Positive YouTube Comments from Creators

    EA Also Caught Paying for Positive YouTube Comments from Creators

    If you thought that Microsoft were the only ones paying for positive comments from YouTube content creators, think again.

    EA has their own program, called "Ronku" that promised some creators $10 CPM ($10 for every 1,000 views) up to a total of $200,000 for a full 20 million view Battlefield 4 promotional campaign. These images surfaced on NeoGAF yesterday.




    As you can see, the promotions outlined in the above images focus on "Cross the Line" moments in Need for Speed Rivals and Battlefield 4. However, previous...
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