In what would be considered an unusual move for most game developers, Valve has temporarily disabled gifting of Counter Strike: Global Offensive during the Steam Summer Sale.
Commenting on Reddit, Valve's Ido Magel provided a statement on why the CS:GO developer isn't letting users give copies of the popular eSports title to other users.
"CS:GO will not be giftable during the sale," writes Magel. "Our goal with sales is to grow the community and historically, during sales, the new users that stick around are mainly the ones that purchase copies for themselves."
Valve choosing to prioritize long-term community growth over short-term profit is an intriguing choice, though Redditors in the thread have noted that it's possible to sell copies of giftable games to third-party resellers like G2A, which has come under fire in recent months for allegedly selling fraudulently obtained game keys.
I show you all 200+ Sony PSP games I have in my collection and highlight some of the more rare or interesting or fun games YOU should play too! This collection is grouped by RPGs, Racing games, Puzzle games, action/platformer, sports, flight, fighting and more!
For your completionists: Wikipedia lists 865 physical games for the PSP worldwide, which does not include any of the downloadable PS Mini or PSOne games.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t even out yet, but series producer Eiji Aonuma may have given us a hint of what’s coming after Nintendo’s open-world adventure game ships in 2017.
“I would like to take what I learned from Breath of the Wild and see if we can somehow fuse those learning points into another multiplayer Zelda,” Aonuma told IGN at E3 2016. “For example, with Triforce Heroes, which followed a similar format of Four Swords, there was a multiplayer involved in that game.”
“That's definitely a possibility and we will continue to [experiment] throughout the Zelda franchise,“ he added.
Inferno finds famous Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman (Jessica Alba) force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world. In theaters August 26, 2016.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him. AMERICAN PASTORAL also stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) as Dawn, Dakota Fanning (The Runaways, The Twilight Saga) as Merry, Emmy winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck).
A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80's, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Mighty No. 9 creators Comcept just love to keep people waiting, huh? First it was the many, many delays and now it turns out the game's credits are almost four hours long. Honestly.
Our list of upcoming PC games will also keep you waiting.
If you don't skip them, Mighty No. 9's end credits will have you, to quote the game's trailer, crying like an anime fan on prom night.
You can actually watch the extended cut of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, probably including its credits, before the end credits have rolled on the Mega Man spiritual sequel.
The exact running time of the end credits is a whopping three hours and 48 minutes. This is because Comcept needed to thank all 70,000+ backers who pledged at least $5 to the crowdfunded disaster.
Most other Kickstarters place this backer reward much higher, probably for this very reason.
So whack Lord of the Rings on and get watching this YouTube video someone has kindly uploaded of the entire sequence. In fact, play the game at the same time and see if you can finish it before the credits are over. Report back for a cookie.
Edwards was candid about the situation and even acknowledged in the interview that he was due back on set in the morning.
“I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots. We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit,” he says.
What’s the nature of the material being reshot? “There’s lots of little things that we have to get, but it’s all little things within the preexisting footage,” he said. One complication, he added, was that the cast is large, so individual shots with small groups of them add to the schedule.
“Obviously, you’ve got to work around everyone’s schedule, and everyone’s on different films all over the world, and so it’s a bit of a logistical nightmare,” he said. “That’s why I think it’s been blown out of proportion a little bit.”
He sounded exasperated by the wilder rumors. “It’s funny, making a film stops you believing anything you’ve ever read on the Internet,” he said.
Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm and producer of Rogue One, said the tone of the movie — which was billed as a Band of Brothers-style combat tale at last year’s Celebration event — isn’t being altered.
“There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography,” she said. “I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make.”
You can also check out 16 new images from the film here.
Research group SuperData has released its monthly report on the top digital games for the month of May 2016, and its assortments of lists were topped by all of the expected games.
In terms of digital revenue worldwide, Uncharted 4 and Overwatch led the way on consoles and PC, respectively, during their debut month. League of Legends continues to top the group it's assigned to--free-to-play MMOs, which counts Dota 2 as the number five game--and World of Warcraft remains the top subscription-based MMO. (Star Wars: The Old Republic is also considered a paid MMO; it's number four in that category.) Monster Strike leads the way on mobile, followed by Clash Royale and Clash of Clans.
On the console side, Overwatch came in at just number five, trailing the strong continued success of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, FIFA 16, and The Division. Combining PC and consoles, Overwatch made $269 million in revenue, wildly outpacing its Gearbox-developed competitor, Battleborn, which is estimated to have made just $18 million. Again, keep in mind that these figures only account for digital sales.
Team Official Invitation is a unique team because they're comprised entirely of new characters to the KOF series! They were also personally invited by the mysterious billionaire Antonov, host of THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV tournament, because they're the best of the best of the best.
So what does a crack team of ultimate fighters look like? First up is Sylvie, a former member of the shadowy NESTS organization, whose modified body allows her to unleash electrical attacks on opponents. While those powers are deadly on their own, what makes her so dangerous is the fact that she's as nutty as a fruitcake. Apologies, they call that "being quirky" nowadays right? Just look at her crazy eyeball-themed outfit and completely unpredictable attacks! Next up is Kukri, the mysterious hooded underground fighter whose gritty personality compliments his ability to wield sand. I mean, just imagine fighting someone who constantly attacks with pocket sand and multiply that by a thousand to get Kukri. Lastly, we've got the magnificent Mian who turns every fight into a performance worthy of the Chinese Opera. She's skilled at Bian Lian -- the art of face-changing -- and her attacks involve a lot of graceful and vigorous dance moves.
Will the other teams have a response to the unorthodox style of Team Official Invitation?
Nothing quite shocks the senses like the chilly winds and intense air-battles of 1940s southeast Asia. Today’s summery FTSOC Steam update not only improves multiplayer features, but also retrofits cockpit view/support, starting with a functional inside rendition of the RAF's tropical Spitfire Mk. V. Furthermore, a pair of new fighters have been made available namely the Allied P-47D “Thunderbolt” and the Japanese Ki-44 Shoki "Toji", each with a decent selection of skins and over-the-radio voice shouts in American, Chinese, Russian and Japanese languages.
Click on the headline for the press release and trailer.
The Steam Summer Sale has started! For the next 11 days*, take advantage of discounts on thousands of products, including games, videos, and software, as well as the exclusive Summer Picnic Sale trading cards.
Click on the headline to check out an image of today's deals.
It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
The big news this week in the PC gaming deal world is the June 23rd start date for the Steam Summer sale. To spice things up, you can now potentially stack a 10% savings on top of any deal you'd find during the Steam Summer Sale. Here's how: at Best Buy this week, pre-paid game cards are "Buy 1, Get 1 20% off". That means buying two $50 Steam Wallet Cards would yield a final price of $90 - or 10% off. In tandem with other discounts, it's a hot offer. $10 and $20 denominations are also available. Expedited shipping is free or you can pick up the game cards at your local Best Buy.
Over the past few days, the games industry has taken a new stand against grey-market game code reselling. The practice is accused of being linked to credit card theft and excessive chargebacks that can cripple smaller companies.
Grey market sales are defined as those that are technically legal, but not a distribution vehicle intended by the original seller. The codes originate with TinyBuild or an authorized partner, but problems arise when criminals use stolen credit cards to buy in bulk and sell on auction sites at prices that undercut the primary seller.
The confrontation has involved many players over the years, but this latest flare-up was initiated by small publisher TinyBuild. The company has accused G2A, a third-party resale clearinghouse, of selling $450,000 worth of the publisher’s keys obtained through illicit methods. When the owner of the stolen payment method discovers what's happened, their credit card company reverses the charges, the developer is charged back, and the keys are still floating in the market.
Too many chargebacks can cause a financial institution to shut down a developer's storefront. You can read our previous coverage for the full details.
In an interview today, G2A CEO Bartosz Skwarczek again contested TinyBuild’s assertion, touted his company’s security protocols, and disputed a widely held belief that the retailer is harmful to the gaming industry. In order to understand why some have an issue with G2A’s practices, it’s important to know how the company operates.
In TinyBuild’s original post, company CEO Alex Nichiporchik likens G2A to eBay. Skwarczek agreed that the comparison is accurate, though as we probed, it became clear there are some marked differences.
When selling on eBay, members are required to provide verified payment information. This ensures that eBay has a means to intervene in the event that a buyer doesn’t receive an item. G2A doesn’t have a comparable mechanism in place to protect itself and developers from fraud or bad transactions.
“On our platform, there are more than 200,000 sellers and over 10 million buyers,” Skwarczek says. "At G2A, there are more than 25 different departments and more than 600 people creating the whole platform. We have departments like anti-money laundering, with people who are dedicated to check the seller and transactions. We have an anti-risk department. We have a legal department, financial department, and customer service department.”
The company would not disclose how effective its anti-money laundering department is. We inquired about the number of investigations conducted and amount of money protected by these efforts, but Skwarczek declined to answer on the grounds of confidentiality.
We had a chance to speak with Dominic Butler, lead game designer of Ghost Recon Wildlands, about the game's open world and the freedom it gives players to fight a four-man drug war however they see fit.
Italian developer Milestone has announced the US release of MXGP 2 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game has been out for a while on Steam, if you'd like to see the user reviews. MXGP 2 sells for $49.99.
MXGP2 is the evolution of the previous Milestone Motocross title MXGP – The official motocross videogame. The game is based on 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship license. MXGP2 is easy to enjoy, but at the same time it is characterized by a fully realistic gameplay.
Includes every Track and Rider from 2015 Official MXGP Championship, including Glen Helen and the new American Tracks.
For the first time in an MXGP game, players will now have the chance to ride in 2 brand new indoor stadiums.
Players will have unprecedented levels of customization. Not just on how their rider looks or their team name, but they’ll be able to customize every part of their bike: suspension, liveries, brakes, handles etc… After having built a bike, players will then be able to test themselves on the test track and gauge how well the new components will work in a live race!
For the first time ever in a Motocross videogame, MXoN (Motocross of Nations) will be available as a separate game mode and players will be able to race against the best riders the world has to offer!
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back follows the title character as he returns to Virginia to meet the head of his former unit. But she's missing, he's being charged with a crime committed nearly 20 years ago, and he may even have a daughter. Making things right will lead him on a cross-country chase to uncover the truth - and maybe even a family.
At E3 2014, Electronic Arts revealed a new extreme sports project from Burnout and Need for Speed developer Criterion Games. The untitled project was only in the prototype stage, but it looked promising, with hints of the Burnout Paradise chaos but with a greater variety of vehicles.
Now, EA has confirmed that the project is no longer happening, as Criterion is instead shifting its efforts to support the Star Wars series.
"While they've moved on from the previous project they've spoken about and aren't pursuing it, they are continuing to build new ideas and experiment with new IP for EA, in addition to continuing to collaborate with other EA studios," an EA representative told GameSpot today.
Criterion is contributing to EA's Star Wars Battlefront VR game, while the studio also worked on the speeder bikes in the regular version of Battlefront.
Game Informer is reporting that many Mighty No. 9 backers are not happy.
It would be unfair to suggest that every Mighty No. 9 backer is unhappy with the Kickstarter experience and the final result. However, after a number of delays, tepid reviews, and poor communications during the process, many backers have come away with a bad taste.
The most recent spate of problems comes in the form of broken and incorrect codes being distributed to backers. We’ve received multiple reports from those that supported the Kickstarter that the wrong rewards have been distributed (a sample of the many messages we've received from backers can be found below)
With botched Steam codes going to backers (my Ray DLC code is a Retro Hero code so I have two of those and no Ray DLC) and no word on my physical goods (NES box and manual)... I don't really feel anything anymore. No excitement. No disappointment. Just numb to it all. I don't want to think about Mighty No 9 ever again. - Joe Walker
Additionally, we’ve received reports that there are technical issues with the Wii U version. We’ve reached out for comment and will update should we receive a response on how this is being handled.
Unfortunately, it seems like Comcept has resigned itself to an imperfect product. On a launch livestream last night, Mega Man and Mighty No. 9 creator Keiji Inafune was taking questions about where the franchise might be headed in the future. His responses were translated by former Capcom producer and Comcept team member Ben Judd. You can watch the full video here, with the below quotes coming at 1 hour, 9 minutes.
“They will continue to try and make sure the game plays as well as it can as far as bug issues or whatever,” Judd translated. “There is not any additional DLC beyond the Ray DLC. The reality is that they put everything into making this game. They didn’t try to microtransaction it out. They didn’t try to DLC it out for extra money. They put it all in. For now, this is what you see is what you get for the Mighty No. 9 world. We can hope if things go well, there will be sequels. I can tell you what, I’m not getting my 2D side-scrolling fill. At the end of the day, even if it’s not perfect, it’s better than nothing. At least that’s my opinion.”
It is unclear whether Judd is directly translating Inafune’s feeling about Mighty No. 9 being “better than nothing” or if that is his own editorializing on the situation. Regardless, fans are in agreement. The game and the process haven’t been perfect.
You can check out a few of the reviews right here.
Fast-paced third person shooter Umbrella Corps arrives today on PS4 and PC for digital download across North America and Europe for MSRP $29.99/ €29.99 / £24.99. The competitive online game will feature quick, intense matches in compact battle zones themed from historic Resident Evil environments. These maps are based on familiar fan-favorite locales such as the Village from RE4, Raccoon City, RPD Police Station, Umbrella lab, and more.
An Upgrade Pack featuring a collection of iconic Resident Evil character skins (Leon, Chris, Wesker and more), weapons, patches, custom colors, and emotes is available as an add-on for an MSRP of $14.99/ €14.99 / £11.99. The Deluxe Edition includes both the game and the Upgrade Pack contents together at a discounted cost of $39.99/ €39.99 / £32.99.
Capcom will be supporting Umbrella Corps with free post-launch downloadable content in the coming months including maps based on the Mansion from the first RE and Lanshiang from RE6, as well as a free-for-all “4 Survivors” mode.
The Technomancer, the sci-fi RPG set on Mars, releases on June 28 and will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. We previously showed a Gameplay Trailer giving you an overview of the gameplay mechanics of the title, as well as a Companions trailer showing all the interactions and relationships you can build with your teammates. Today, we're unveiling a brand new video that will teach you how to Survive on Mars.
With its terraforming aborted hundreds of years ago, and a murderous sun to boot, the Red Planet isn't exactly a hospitable place, and every nook and cranny of the forsaken planet holds deadly, lurking threats. Just like these hybrid creatures roaming the canyons of Mars, originally bioengineered by the first settlers from the genetic makeup of animals found on Earth. But the other human survivors can be just as dangerous. Ever since Mars got isolated from Earth, multiple factions have risen, desperate and determined to secure whatever power they may get hold of. You will be able to befriend these factions depending on your actions and your choices throughout the story.
Forge the destiny of Mars when The Technomancer comes out on June 28th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
The New York Times has the world that Tencent has purchased mobile game developer Supercell Oy, giving the Chinese chat-program developer a major presence in handheld gaming.
Tencent Holdings has reached an agreement to buy Finnish mobile game maker Supercell Oy from SoftBank Group, people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could turn the Chinese internet giant into a global videogame powerhouse.
Tencent has been in talks with SoftBank to buy the Japanese telecommunications firm’s majority stake in Supercell in a deal that could value the firm at more than $9 billion, The Wall Street Journal previously reported.
Tencent’s purchase of SoftBank’s stake in Supercell will occur in stages, the people said. Tencent is still in discussions with co-investors to join in the purchase of the Supercell stake from SoftBank, according to people familiar with the situation. China-focused fund manager Hillhouse Capital Group has been leading discussions to put together a consortium of investors to join with Tencent to buy part of the Supercell stake, the people said.
Because the purchase is occurring in stages, Tencent has sufficient funds to pay for the initial purchase, the people said. The Chinese internet giant is also planning to raise additional debt secured by Supercell’s assets to help cover some of the acquisition costs, they said.
Tencent and SoftBank are set to announce the deal later Tuesday, one of the people said.
Supercell was valued at roughly $5.25 billion last year, according to a person familiar with the matter. SoftBank first bought a 51% stake in the Finnish gaming company for $1.53 billion in 2013. Last year, SoftBank raised its stake to 73% but didn’t disclose the price of the transaction.
Setting up for teasers at the San Diego Comic Con, Marvel has released a plot summary for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Doctor Strange.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.
At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second- generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.
The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.
When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Dark Sky Films and SyFy will be releasing The Stakelander a sequel to the fan favorite vampire film, Stake Land.
It was announced Tuesday that shooting has wrapped on The Stakelander, the up-until-now hush-hush sequel to 2010’s vampire-apocalypse film, Stake Land. The film finds Stake Land stars Nick Damici and Connor Paolo reprising their roles as Mister and Martin. The Stakelander is set several years after the events of the first film and is directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olson, who made last year’s thriller, Body. The sequel is based on a screenplay by Damici, who cowrote Stake Land with that film’s director, Jim Mickle.
The Stakelander tracks Paolo’s Martin as he finds himself alone in the badlands of America after his home is destroyed with only a distant memory of his vampire-hunting mentor, Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin goes in search of the one man who can help him get revenge.
Loved the first film, I can't wait for this even if it is a SyFy original.
Bungie has announced the cancellation this week's Destiny Iron Banner tournament, following a problem plagued Trials of Osiris event this past weekend.
Bungie has announced that it is canceling the Iron Banner tournament that was scheduled to go live tomorrow. The studio cited issues plaguing the game since last week; network connection problems prevented players from joining matches in Trials of Osiris, Destiny's weekend multiplayer event. Players also reported issues with damage not registering correctly in Crucible matches and character data failing to load.
There's no word yet on when these problems will be fixed.
The helmer behind Hostel and Green Inferno has closed a deal to direct MGM and Paramount's long-in-the-works remake of the 1974 vigilante movie that starred Charles Bronson.
Bruce Willis is attached to star in the reboot, which is being produced by Roger Birnbaum.
Roth is coming on board after the position was vacated with the departure of Israeli filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. The project, in its modern incarnation, initially had Joe Carnahan as director, but he left in 2012. Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski wrote the current script.
The original film was an adaptation of a 1972 novel by Brian Garfield and told of a man who goes on a revenge spree after his wife is killed and his daughter is sexually assaulted. The movie struck a nerve with audiences who were facing the decade’s high crime rate and reinvented the career of Bronson, then 53. It also set off a long list of sequels.
Following Mighty No. 9 has been one hell of a ride. Having backed it in 2013 at a low pledge level, I can't say that I'm exactly disappointed with the end result. It still has a lot of baggage to unload (the 3DS and Vita ports aren't even dated yet), but most Mega Man fans will find solace in the fact that it didn't end up being a disaster. Other than the art style, of course.
[Disclosure: The reviewer backed the game's Kickstarter campaign. This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
Despite its pedigree, Mighty No. 9 doesn’t seem to have a good sense of what was fun about Mega Man, or 2D action-platformers in general. There are brief moments where its pieces come together, but even then it’s hamstrung by its visually joyless art and animation. The soul of the Blue Bomber just isn’t here, and worse yet there’s no endearing personality of its own, and as a result, Mighty No. 9 feels much more like a second-rate imposter than a spiritual successor.
For a game that's meant to bear the legacy of a classic series, Mighty No. 9 barely succeeds. It may rouse excitement from time to time, but by and large, it lacks a pervading sense of artistry, both in its level design and presentation. Platformers--and even Mega Man-like games in particular--are readily available. For one to stand out and leave a mark, it has to do something novel that speaks to the player and the conventions of the genre; something to spark wonder and excitement. Mighty No. 9 is an inoffensively average game sprung from the memories of the past, with little to show for its position in the present.
Mighty No.9 is not the classic many hoped it would be. It has moments of quality, and long stretches of competency (although you can finish in 3-5 hours), but numerous terrible design choices and ugly presentation make it incredibly hard to play without becoming frustrated. Regardless of how much you like the Mega Man series, in Mighty No.9 you're unlikely to find a game that comes close to that legacy. True fans may well find the lack of class here even harder to take.
[Disclosure: The editor that created this article was offered a review copy of Mighty No. 9 for the PS4. Said editor turned down the offer.]
Anna is the drummer for the metal band 6 Days of Darkness AND a huge video game collector! She gives Metal Jesus an exclusive tour of her game room (or Lady Loft as she likes to call it) and highlights from her varied game collection. Let's do this old school MJR Cribs -style, yo!
I loved creating that old school MTV Cribs vibe with this video, and Anna went right along with it. So much fun!
The big yearly show for video games has come and gone. Andre gives the tough grades, Theo sets the grass on fire, Chris gets ready for the zombie apocalypse, Anthoney unleashes the spartan rage and Joe rediscovers his optimism. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the twenty-second episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss E3.
Appearing on GameSpot sister site Giant Bomb's E3 livestream tonight, Xbox boss Phil Spencer talked about Microsoft's efforts in the PC gaming space. He started off by discussing one of PC gaming's biggest players, Steam, and how Microsoft will release more of its games on it.
"I look at Steam today, it's on an incredible growth trajectory. It's a massive force in gaming; a positive force. I think it will be bigger a year from now than it is today. And five years later it will still be bigger again," he said. "I look at Valve as an important [independent software vendor] for us on Windows. They are a critical part of gaming's success on Windows. I don't think Valve's hurt by not having our first-party games in their store right now. They're doing incredible well. We will ship games on Steam again."
Also in the interview, Spencer stressed that, while Microsoft will put some of its future games on Steam (he didn't say which ones), he is also committed to further building out Microsoft's own Xbox store on PC. "I want to build a store; there's no doubt about that," he said.
Microsoft's PC game releases on the Windows Store haven't all gone too well, Spencer admitted.
"They all haven't gone swimmingly. Some of them have gone well," he explained. "Forza 6 Apex did well. Quantum Break wasn't our best PC release. Killer Instinct did well on PC. Gears of War Ultimate Edition was OK--we definitely learned there."
Speaking generally about Steam, Spencer added, "There's going to be areas where we cooperate and there's going to be areas where we compete. The end result is better for gamers."
Legal weed is a great thing for the economy, and it only makes sense that Microsoft would jump into that business as a way to earn some extra coin. Hopefully this will help open up legalized weed to all 50 states.
According to a new report, Sony's more powerful PlayStation 4, Neo, will launch before the end of 2016. That means it would arrive well ahead of Microsoft's Project Scorpio.
"Several sources have indicated" this information to Eurogamer's Richard Leadbetter. "If that is the case, it'll be interesting to see how developers utilize its resources, and whether 4K really is the focus. And we can be equally as sure that Microsoft will be watching just as intently as it gears up for its own next-gen roll-out," the report said.
Sony's Andrew House confirmed Neo just days before E3, at the time also mentioning that it would not be discussed at the event. For its part, Microsoft announced Project Scorpio during its briefing, a system the company describes as "the most powerful console ever made."
Scorpio, which features 6 teraflops of performance, is scheduled to come out in holiday 2017. Pricing has not been announced for the Neo or Scorpio; in both cases, the games that work on PS4 and Xbox One today will also be supported on the new systems.
The developers of Xenoblade Chronicles X are helping Nintendo with the massive task of building The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s open world.
Last year while speaking with Xenoblade Chronicles X’s directors Tetsuya Takahashi and Genki Yokota we learned that the team at Monolith Soft was interested in taking its expertise with open world games and helping develop the next Zelda. This didn’t seem too unreasonable since the team at Monolith Soft had previously worked on Skyward Sword as well. This year we learned that Monolith Soft would continue this tradition by helping shape The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
During an interview at E3, legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto told us, “Yes they are involved in this Zelda. People from Tokyo and Kyoto are working together on this. There is a team of over 100 helping work on this project, and their work has really been helpful.”