Tag: PC Gaming

WHO and game companies launch #PlayApartTogether to promote physical distancing

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the video game industry have teamed up on #PlayApartTogether, a promotional campaign that encourages healthy physical distancing by bringing special events, exclusives, activities, rewards, and inspiration to some of the most popular games in the world. Some of the industry’s biggest and most powerful companies — from Activision Blizzard […]

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Valve, Microsoft, and HP are working on a ‘next generation’ SteamVR headset

Valve, Microsoft, and HP are collaborating to build a ‘”next generation” SteamVR headset, called HP Reverb G2. The current HP Reverb is the company’s second PC VR headset, with high resolution LCD panels and a focus on comfort. It’s $599. Its first was a cheaper model back in 2017, not significantly modified from Microsoft’s reference […]

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Behind the data-driven design of mobile games — How Games Make Money

Mobile game designers feel like the mad scientists of the development world. They work fast and are constantly adjusting formulas based on the tiniest changes in player data. And when one experiment blows up in their face, they’re ready to move on to whatever is next. On this week’s episode of How Games Make Money, […]

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The RetroBeat: Games Done Quick will hold a special marathon to help with COVID-19 relief

Games Done Quick hit us with a bit bad news/good news today. Let’s give you the good news first! GDQ announced today that it will be hosting a mini-marathon, Corona Relief Done Quick. CRDQ will take place from April 17 to April 19. Sure, it’s not a week-long marathon, but that’s still three full days […]

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Skillz launches mobile game tournaments to raise donations for American Red Cross

Skillz, which has a platform for mobile esports, is launching mobile game tournaments to raise donations for the American Red Cross. Starting on Saturday and running over the weekend, Skillz will host mobile game tournaments where players can donate to the American Red Cross, in hopes of alleviating severe blood shortages caused by COVID-19. Through […]

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The DeanBeat: The game industry rolls with the punches of the coronavirus

Another week has gone by, and the game industry has rolled with the punches of the coronavirus. It demonstrates how resilient game companies are and how they can adapt to almost anything. But our collective experience shows it’s hard to dodge something as apocalyptic as a pandemic that shuts down many parts of the global […]

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Gears Tactics keeps players engaged by amping up its Gears-ness

Gears Tactics is a Gears game. That’s the impression I came away with after watching the developers play the turn-based tactical adventure for an hour earlier this week. But more than that, it looks like it might deliver some solid strategy action specifically because it’s pulling ideas from Gears of War. Gears Tactics launches April […]

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SupplyDrop helps game studios hire from each other based on their development cycles

SupplyDrop is unveiling a service today that connects game studios that have too many developers with those who have too few during the ups and downs of the games development cycle. Vienna, Austria-based SupplyDrop said it has created an intuitive matchmaking platform built specifically for video game development.SupplyDrop will be free of fees for the […]

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Valorant shows off Sage, a support hero

Riot Games has released some specific details about one of the heroes coming to its team-based shooter, Valorant. Sage is a healer who can resurrect dead allies. She can also launch an orb that creates a slowing field when it hits the ground. Anyone caught in the field with will be slowed, unable to jump, […]

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80 Level RFP helps connect companies with digital artists

80 Level, a company focused on innovations in digital art and video game development, has unveiled a new service dubbed 80 LevelRFP, which connects companies, studios, and agencies with high-end digital artists. The Los Angeles-based company said it wants to connect the crème de la crème of artistic talent, with a few clicks of the […]

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How Eve Online is adapting to higher demand and complicated game development during the pandemic

Hilmar Veigar Petursson, CEO of Iceland’s CCP Games, sees both hardship and opportunity in the coronavirus. Demand for the company’s flagship game, Eve Online, has risen in recent weeks, with the number of people signing in at about double the number a year ago. But his whole staff of 300 people also has to work […]

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Epic Games will publish new titles from the makers of The Last Guardian, Limbo, and Control

Epic Games will publish new titles from three well-known and respected game studios: Gen Design (maker of The Last Guardian), Playdead (Inside, Limbo), and Remedy Entertainment (Control). The projects will be released under Epic Games Publishing, a new multiplatform publishing effort with a developer-first approach. The North Carolina-based Epic Games is on an expansion path, […]

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Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 3 crossplay is built on years of AWS infrastructure groundwork

After six months of exclusivity with Epic Store, Borderlands 3 hit Steam last week with crossplay support, welcoming a whole new cohort of Vault Hunters to bring the mayhem on PC. And while on Epic and Steam users are now able to play together with a flip of a switch, developers at Gearbox Software have […]

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Doom Eternal has the best launch weekend in franchise history

Bethesda announced today that Doom Eternal has had the best launch weekend of any game in the franchise’s history. The publisher did not specify how many copies it sold, but Bethesda did note that the launch weekend doubled the launch weekend revenue for the last entry in the series, 2016’s Doom. That game came out […]

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The ending of Doom Eternal

I’ll give it to the developers at id Software. They really know how to stretch out an ending. I’ve played through Doom Eternal on the easy setting, and I’ve included two videos of the actual ending in this post. And it feels like he ending goes on for a long time, especially if you die […]

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GamesBeat Decides 143 — Is Half-Life: Alyx the future?

On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, reviews editor Mike Minotti explains his review of Half-Life: Alyx. The new VR Half-Life marks a full return for the series, but it’s not the revolution that some are making it out to be. It’s also a stressful game that is tough to play in these […]

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Minecraft Marketplace adds Education section with free material

The world is stuck at home as part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This has led to a huge jump in gaming activity across multiple platforms. Sony has even agreed to throttle its network to save bandwidth for more crucial data. But just because people are spending more time with games doesn’t […]

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How the IGDA is helping game developers deal with crisis

When the Game Developers Conference (GDC) was canceled because of the coronavirus, it was a disaster for small indie game developers. That’s why the International Game Developers Association stepped in to help. Then the Entertainment Software Association had to cancel another big trade event, E3, and things really got tough for indies. “The IGDA is […]

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Forte recruits 5 more high-end game studios to make blockchain-based games

Forte has established partnerships with five more game studios to make blockchain-based games that are integrated with Forte’s technology.These studios will also benefit from grants from Forte’s partnership with cryptocurrency Ripple to create a $100 million fund to invest in blockchain games. The game studios include Hi-Rez Studios, maker of Smite; Netmarble, making of Marble […]

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Roblox’s in-game Bloxy Awards draw 600,000 spectators

Roblox announced that its seventh annual Bloxy Awards drew more than 4 million concurrent players during the peak of the show and 600,000 spectators for the show itself. The event ceremony, staged inside Roblox’s game world, raised $100,000 for nonprofits. San Mateo, California-based Roblox enables young programmers to make a living creating games within the […]

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Half-Life: Alyx interview — Reviving an iconic franchise with VR

Half-Life: Alyx isn’t just the long-awaited return to a beloved gaming series. It’s arguably the biggest VR game yet. It’s a full-sized, triple-A experience. It’s not some short, bite-sized chunk of Half-Life made for VR. It is a complete Half-Life game. The VR market is still relatively small. One big game can do a lot […]

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Gears Tactics dev Splash Damage is making a Google Stadia exclusive

Google Stadia has had a rough launch, but that isn’t because the cloud-gaming technology doesn’t work. Instead, the service is suffering from a lack of exciting content. Now, Google is working to address that concern by partnering on an exclusive Stadia game with British developer Splash Damage. Google made this announcement today as part of its […]

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