Amazon Prime started off as giving you quick one-day delivery options, expanding into the market for Video and music streaming, and with its latest offer of a monthly subscription system, its popularity keeps growing. That may change if you are a fan of big time games, with the latest news revealing that certain games may be locked behind the “prime wall”.
If you go on the Amazon site now and check out games like Grand Theft Auto 5 or Fallout 4, you may find yourself welcomed by a small blue button on the right-hand side. Replacing the welcoming yellow button that said buy now, the blue button instead asks you “join Prime”. Above the buttons it states that the games are “Exclusively for Prime Members”, giving you no option but to either seek them on different sites or use Amazon Prime to order your games from Amazon.
While you will still be able to buy the games through other sellers on Amazon, if you want to buy it directly from Amazon you will need Prime membership. With a yearly membership getting you 20% off pre-orders and new releases, if you like buying big releases when they come out it may be worth checking out the deals they offer.
For gamers and non-gamers alike, do you think its fair to have your ability to buy what you enjoy locked to an exclusive membership group or does the one-day delivery (or even one-hour delivery) tempt you to grab those new games that little bit sooner?
It should be noted that while the block originally seemed to affect both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com sales, some of the listings on Amazon.co.uk are now unrestricted, suggesting that the initial backlash may already have been enough to sway Amazons opinion on the “prime wall”. Currently, you can see the option featured on Amazon.com’s Grand Theft Auto 5 page.
Many will remember playing RuneScape, the game being a popular favourite way back before large multiplayer online games flooded the video game market. From the village of Lumbridge to the battlegrounds of Castle Wars, players levelled and traded all within their browser for the past fifteen years, but that is all to change with the games relaunch, featuring new game engine and all.
Using a new visual engine and game client, RuneScape will no longer be played in your browser, instead sitting on your computer awaiting your adventures. The new adventure isn’t going to just change its location with a wide range of technical improvements including support for DirectX12 and Windows 10.
The graphics are clearly on a whole different level to the pixels and blocks that once strained your eyes as you mined for copper and tin, with new draw distances, water effects and dynamic lighting and shadows now welcoming you into the world on a whole new level.
Jagex isn’t stopping with the new game client, with Jagex promising further enhancements to the game’s visuals, including the inclusion of volumetric lighting, improved animations, and higher-resolution textures.
I remember starting back on RuneScape many years ago, and the new graphics definitely look to bring the urge to boot it up again to the surface. If you’re interested you can download the new game client here.
When it comes to technology we are often told about how quickly it is advancing, both in power and the level that we adapt it to our lifestyles. One such popular activity would be the games we play, going from 8-bit dungeon explorers to giant adventure games across stars and planets in virtual reality, but one game that many will remember is the classic called Counter-Strike 1.6, something you can now play on your phone.
Counter-Strike 1.6 was originally a mod of the original Half-Life game, introducing many to competitive multiplayer gameplay for the first time while others enjoyed the mods that let you turn the battle into a paintball party or even the custom maps like the Simpsons neighbourhood. Alibek Omarov apparently didn’t just want to enjoy that same feeling on his phone but wanted the full experience, original game and all.
Featured on his GitHub account under the handle a1batross, the CS16Client lets you install and play the original game on your phone, servers and all. Got a free minute on the way to work? Why not stop a terrorist bomb threat or see if you’ve still got the skill to perform a 360 no scope.
While controls seem a little complicated and clunky, it shouldn’t be hard to connect one of the many controller adaptors that you can now get for your phone to turn your experience into a full-on classic gaming experience.
Who doesn’t love building a base? Well, when it comes to building a base having some help from your tribe sure comes in handy, even more so when they bring a T-rex to help keep you safe while you finish your little hut. Ark: Survival Evolved allows players to enjoy this amongst so much more, but the future of the game was brought into question when its origins were questioned in a lawsuit, don’t worry through because the lawsuit has now been settled.
The final word was said on the 13th of April 2016 according to the documents both parties involved filed, saying that they had finalised a “written settlement agreement”. The parties involved are Wildcard, the creators behind Ark: Survival Evolved and Trendy, the creators of the popular co-op game, Dungeon Defenders.
Earlier in the week Susan Stieglitz, wife to Jeremy Stieglitz, the man at the core of the lawsuit, posted the following hinting at the sum that Trendy were after.
In a Reddit post there appears to be an image capturing a conversation in which Susan Claire Stieglitz states that “we ended up settling for 40”. With no confirmation and the details not being publicly released, there isn’t any hard evidence to talk about the outcome of the lawsuit expect speculation and the fact that it has in fact ended. With Ark: Survival Evolved still marked as early access on Steam, losing out on any income (especially something as large as 40 million), the game is sure to feel the impact and people will want to know if they have had to pay this money rather than towards developing an outstandingly exciting game.
26 years ago the Neo Geo was the original home of a number of fighting games that would go on to be long running series, such as the King of Fighters games. Another potential Neo Geo masterpiece may have been discovered by Neo Geo enthusiast Brian Hargrove, who purchased an unlabelled ROM board a year ago for the sum of around $750, in the hopes of discovering any chunks of leftover data he could play with.
Upon first inspection of the data dumped from the board, it appeared to be an early protoype of Voltage Fighter Gowkaizer, a superhero fighting game developed by Technos. Dumps of the flash cards that came with the board seemed to contain nothing to do with Voltage Fighter, however. Eventually, Hargrove was able to get the game to boot up, despite two of the flash cards being dead. This revealed a character select menu for a perhaps never-before-seen Neo Geo fighting game.
While the data containing things that may have been able to identify the game, such as a title screen, is inaccessible, what is available is interesting. The game looks like it may have been related to a franchise such as Dungeons and Dragons. Many of the character sprites are rough at best, but all of the characters contain one of 3 alignments that often appear in D&D – Lawful, Neutral and Chaotic. Choosing different alignments appears to change the character’s sprites too, which could have provided interesting depth and choice to the game. Overall, the game appears to have been rather ambitious, and it has been noted that it appears more complex than many of Technos’ other games, which raises the question of who developed it.
There is always the chance that this game is just a hoax, created and uploaded to an old Neo Geo board by a joker. The amount of effort that must have been used to create the advanced sprites featured in the prototype seem to contest this though. A number of the characters in the game even seem almost entirely complete. It may never have been finished, but from what you can see of this game, it really makes you wonder what it could have been had it been finished.
Nintendo’s attitude towards their dedicated fan-base paying homage to the company’s previous works is nothing short of appalling. They’ve consistently launched copyright claims against YouTuber hobbyists simply trying to showcase what made their favourite games so special. Instead of admiring this level of passion, the company feels the need to flag anything which uses their intellectual property. In some cases, this makes sense if the game is episodic and people can watch a playthrough instead of purchasing it through legitimate channels. However, Nintendo is applying this kind of behaviour to NES, SNES and other classics to push their own overpriced Virtual Console store.
Only three days ago, a new project came to fruition designed to honour the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. This allowed players to enjoy the game through a web browser and looked absolutely stunning. Sadly, Nintendo didn’t approve and believed this infringed on their intellectual property. It’s clear that the creation breaches copyright, but it’s just a small team trying to share the magic of the Zelda series. The project creators, Scott Lininger and Mike Magee announced the news on zelda30tribute.com which reads:
“Nintendo asked us to remove this site for copyright infringement. I guess Zelda30Tribute was a little too pixel perfect. We’re sad about that, but we get it. We started this project because we love Nintendo and the joy they have given us throughout the years. From the start of development, we knew this result could potentially happen. Nintendo has every right to protect their IP. No complaints from us, we had a blast working on this tribute and made some friends along the way.”
Of course, Nintendo are well within their rights to protect intellectual property. On the other hand, it comes across very poorly given the game’s age. Furthermore, it’s a terrible way to treat loyal fans showcasing their creative abilities. Nintendo desperately needs to adapt to the modern world and encourage community content as a way of indirect marketing.
Earlier this week Ruby Nealon became famous on the internet for managing to get a game onto Valve’s steam store without anyone at Valve even knowing about it. The Watch paint dry game raised concerns about the system Valve has in place when it comes to Steams content, with him saying that more vulnerabilities will be found on the platform.
Nealon states that it was an HTML-based attack that let him post the game without anyone at Valve approving or even seeing the game before it went live. With this exploit noted and fixed, Nealon went on to point out a way of inserting scripts into pages, potentially taking details from a Valve administrator who wanted to check out their games page. This second exploit was then fixed, although Nealon doesn’t seem too impressed with Steam’s website.
In discussions with ArsTechnica, Nealon told them that “it looks like their website hasn’t been updated for years” and even went on to say that “Compared to even other smaller Web startups, they’re really lacking. This stuff was like the lowest of the lowest hanging fruit.”.
Nealon wasn’t just upset with the website, though, saying that he won’t be hacking Steam’s platform anymore due to a lack of recognition from Valve on the matter. Nealon wrote on his site saying that the exploit he used for posting the “watching paint dry” game he had tried to contact Valve for months about, but it was only fixed when he publicly demonstrated its viability.
Nealon isn’t happy with Valve’s lack of a bug bounty system, a program where users are rewarded for alerting the company about bugs and issues in their software, something that even apps like Uber have started in recent weeks. In his “won’t be finding bugs anymore for Valve because there are plenty of companies that appreciate the time and effort put in by security researchers” and even went on to explain how the entire process had made him feel like “Valve were exploiting me”.
Steam isn’t a service that’s immune to hacks either, last year it was hacked and allowed people to bypass the two-factor authentication required to log into an account from a new machine. They’ve even accidentally exposed users details before, no external help required for that blunder.
Personally, I feel like anyone who puts time and effort into finding a problem and then revealing it to a company should be rewarded, not brushed under a matt and ignored until it becomes an issue the public are aware of.
Who hasn’t heard of Final Fantasy? With a new game, Final Fantasy XV, set for release in September, fans are excited for anything to keep the series going. To help the game receive a warm reception, Square Enix are sorting people out with not one but two forms of entertainment before the game even begins.
Set for release later this year, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be a 3D-animated film focused on King Regis. Set for a digital release in 2016 and will feature voice work from the likes of Aaron Paul, Lena Headey and Sean Bean.
Before you have to wait that long though you can start to enjoy Final Fantasy XV. Created by the same studio as Sword Art Online and Black Butler, A-1 Pictures, the anime will be released in five-ten minute episodes, straight to YouTube for everyone to watch.
If that wasn’t enough you can already enjoy the series with the first episode already going live, with the entire series reported to tie into the game demo. If you want to start enjoying Final Fantasy now you can find the episode below, a little something to help with the wait before the movie or game gets released later this year.
Getting free games bundles with your graphics card or motherboard isn’t something new, that has been around for quite a while now, but it is a rarity that we also see games being bundled with power supplies. In fact, I can’t remember it happening before myself. However, that is exactly what EVGA has done as the have gone ahead and bundled Grey Goo Definitive Edition with select power supplies.
The game isn’t just bundled with a one or two power supplies, this offer applies to pretty much the entire 80Plus Gold, Platinum, and Titanium rated power supply lineup, as you can see in the list below. Ranging from entry level 550W models all the way up to impressive 1600W models, the offer is made available for most people.
Grey Goo is a real-time strategy (RTS) game that combines classic strategy mechanics and a balanced combat system with an emphasis on large-scale decision-making. It puts you at the centre of a tactical struggle for survival – and ultimately, control of Ecosystem 9.
The game features both a single-player campaign as well as multiplayer action with your friends and enemies. In single player, you have the option to play one of three factions: Humans, Beta, and the Goo. The Humans are the masters of defensive architecture while the Beta only is described as a proud and versatile alien race. The Goo is probably what most people will want to play tho as that is the enigmatic and highly mobile life form made up of, yes you guessed it, grey goo. In the multiplayer part, you also get a fourth faction, the disruptive and unpredictable Shroud.
As always with this kind of offer, there are a few conditions to get the free game. You’ll have to have purchased the power supply on March the 25th, 2016 or later from an authorized reseller. You’ll also need to register the purchased product to get the game key. Once you’ve followed the redeem guide, you’ll get a game code emailed that you then can activate through your Steam app as you most likely have done with so many games before.
Ark: Survival Evolved has gathered quite a bit of a following, with players taking to the island in hopes of finding answers while building new technology and training dinosaurs. From riding on a pterodactyl to building a base on a brontosaurus, players are eagerly awaiting the next set of features but they may have to wait as the court answers the question, who created Ark: Survival Evolved?
The question is being raised by Trendy Entertainment, the creators of popular co-operative game Dungeon Defenders. In a lawsuit filed against Wildcard, the studio credit with Ark: Survival evolved, Trendy alleges that game designer Jeremy Stieglitz had in fact been secretly working on Ark since he resigned from his position at Trendy in 2015.
The lawsuit states that Trendy violated his contract which stated he could not compete with his former company and was told: “not to solicit Trendy employees”. If this wasn’t enough on April 27th the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida will hear arguments regarding Trendy’s most recent motion and will ask for an injunction until the case is over.
If an injunction sounds bad then you are hearing it right. The injunction would, in fact, stop development on Ark: Survival Evolved and even force Wildcard to remove the game from Steam and stop them from distributing it until the case was closed. Wildcard has yet to file briefs in defence but has requested the case be dismissed on the grounds that the claims are “irrelevant, immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous.”
If you like the game, grab it soon because it may come down to the modders to keep the game alive while the court case is ongoing.
Companies are normally quite protective over their property and designs. This often leads to people creating modifications and designs that are often a little rough around the edges. If you are a fan of the Steam controller then you won’t have this problem as you can now download the Stream Controllers designs for free on Steam.
The Steam controller was released in October last year and provides support for select games and lets you customise it a little. The difference here though is that you can download the computer-aided design (CAD) files to help you in creating your own custom controllers.
People were modifying the controller way before these files were released, with a Reddit thread featuring some of the mods people have made (a thread that is sure to explode thanks to 3D printers and the CAD files).
With two variations of the battery door already created and shared by valve on the download page (both can store and carry your wireless receiver for you), the ideas will surely just keep coming as players change the shape and design to increase comfort and add more features.
What would you add to your favourite controller? A drinks holder or maybe you’d like to try out a different button layout? Can this be anything but a good move for gamers and the creators of the Steam Controller alike? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below
The issue with creating a successful game is that once you’ve done one, your next one is expected to be at the same level or even better. Much like with movies you are expected to build upon your last game, making each game (be it the next one in a series or a new series altogether) better than the last. CD Projekt RED know this better than anyone with their last game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, being successful and gaining several awards. The end result though seems to be that CD Projekt RED want their next game, Cyberpunk 2077, to be shown off as something great.
Feeling the pressure of the Witcher 3’s success, co-founder, and CEO Marcin Iwinski stated that:
“Right now, we have the success of the Witcher 3; people played it and people loved it. So it’s even more responsibility. The fact that Witcher 3 performed so well allows us to be even more ambitious with Cyberpunk 2077. Right now, it’s on our shoulders to deliver here. The next time you hear about Cyberpunk 2077 we will show something and it must be f****ng great.”
“People really expect something great and that’s what we have to stand up to and deliver.”
Iwinski was also asked about how the team felt about changing settings for their next game, his response was that “after a decade working with dragons, swords, and medieval themes, the team is feeling energized to work on a project involving guns, ammo, mutants and implants”.
If you are looking forward to playing the game anytime soon though you may have to wait as the company states it is “a long ways away” from release and that the team wants to spend the time to make sure it is a “truly outstanding game”.
Dying Light features you playing in the city of Haran, overrun by zombies, with a few safe havens separating the masses from the threat. In order to stay alive ‘runners’ do just as they are called, run. Running to and from drops with supplies and a preventative measure that helps those infected, users need to use every weapon and tool they can make and find in order to traverse the cityscape and survive the night. If that sounds like your cup of tea you can now find the Dying Light The Following on Good Old Games (GOG).
GOG is known for providing DRM (data right management) free games, removing the “online” required status that comes with many games (including some single player games). If you were worried that the four player co-op feature of Dying Light is lost if you get the game through GOG, do not fret. The multiplayer features of Dying Light will be available through GOG Galaxy, the new multiplayer system that GOG hopes will keep some of their more dated games viable for multiplayer well after the original servers and systems are offline.
If you were worried that the four player co-op feature of Dying Light is lost if you get the game through GOG, do not fret. The multiplayer features of Dying Light will be available through GOG Galaxy, the new multiplayer system that GOG hopes will keep some of their more dated games viable for multiplayer well after the original servers and systems are offline.
Featuring the basic game, the Following expansion and not one but four DLC’s including the Bozak Horde game mode, the game looks to promise you everything you need without shackles. For a limited time, the game also has 17% off, giving you the whole bundle for just £33.29.
The security company Kaspersky released a new report that clearly shows just how much of a problem the Steam Stealer malware is. Not only does the malware infect thousands of people each month, it is also very to easy to use and to cheap to purchase for criminals that want to get their hands on your Steam accounts.
The Steam multi-OS distribution entertainment platforms owned by Valve has over 100 million registered users and several thousand games available for download worldwide. Such a popularity makes it a prime target for criminals that want to make a quick buck of your hard earned collection. A recently published report shows that 77 thousand Steam accounts are highjacked and pillaged every month, making it a huge problem.
The prime suspect in the account highjackings is the malware known as Steam Stealer (Trojan-psw.Msil.Steam, Trojan.Msil.Steamilik, and Trojan.Downloader.Msil.Steamilik, amongst others). The malware is thought to originate from Russian-speaking cybercriminals, but it doesn’t matter as much where it originates from as how it is being used.
Steam Stealer works as a malware-as-a-service business model which in itself isn’t that new. Other malware types are using the same business model, but there is a difference in the costs. Previously known models have cost in the range of £350, making it something you really want to do in order to pay up the cash to use the service. Steam Stealers, on the other hand, are available for prices as low as £20. That’s something people will pay just to make a joke, which makes everything worse. On top of that, Steam Stealer malware-as-a-service is available with distinct features such as free upgrades, user manuals, custom advice for distribution and more.
The malware is mainly distributed via fake cloned websites or social engineering attacks with direct messages. Once you’ve got the malicious file and opened it, the malware will steal the entire set of Steam configuration files, locate the Steam KeyValue file that contains your credentials, and even grab your session data. With this information, your account is wide open to the criminals to plunder and pillage.
Where a steam account once only had a smaller value due to the games being locked into the account, that has changed with the introduction of all sorts of collectables and in-game items that at times can be worth thousands of pounds each. That makes Steam accounts a highly valuable target.
“The gaming community has become a highly desirable target for cybercriminals. There has been a clear evolution in the techniques used for infection and propagation, as well as the growing complexity of the malware itself, which has led to an increase in this type of activity. With gaming consoles adding more powerful components and the Internet of Things on our doorstep, this scenario looks like one that will continue to play out and become more complex. At Kaspersky Lab, we hope that our research will develop into an ongoing investigation, bringing a much-needed balance to the gaming ecosystem. Security should not be something developers think about afterwards, but at an early stage of the game development process. We believe that cross-industry cooperation can help to improve this situation,” comments Santiago Pontiroli, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab.
To stay safe, you should make sure that you have up-to-date security software installed and it couldn’t hurt to check out Valve’s own security measures either. Maybe you can secure your account better than you already have and take that extra step to protect your valuable gaming content.
Google’s amazing Go-playing AI, AlphaGo, has convincingly beaten Lee Sedol in the Google DeepMind Challenge series, shutting out the reigning human champion in only the third match, bringing the score to 3-0. Just because AlphaGo has won doesn’t mean the series will end here, though, the remaining two matches will still be played out though the chance of Sedol winning even a single match is beginning to look slim.
AlphaGo previously beat Fan Hui, European Go champion and 2-dan master 5-0, yet despite this Sedol expected that he would be able to win the series 5-0 or 4-1 in his favour. This is the first time that such a high-ranked Go player had taken on an AI, so regardless of the winner, this would have been a historic event for AI. More importantly than the $1 million prize money, DeepMind’s AI claiming victory is a landmark event for AI development, with the complexity of Go making it impossible for a machine to play at such high tiers despite similar breakthroughs in Chess and other games.
#AlphaGo won game 3 and the match! Historic moment. In complete awe of Lee Sedol’s incredible genius, and proud of the amazing AlphaGo team!
Demis Hassabis, founder and CEO of DeepMind was left “stunned and speechless” by the AI’s performance in the final match and felt that Lee Sedol had stretched the AI to its limits in the last 3 matches. He also reminded people that it was about the bigger picture, with the aim of learning from Lee Sedol’s skill and ingenuity and seeing how AlphaGo would learn from him. In the press conference following the match, Sedol apologised for his poor performance and wished that he had been able to put on a stronger showing and stated that the pressure that AlphaGo was able to put on him in the final match was like none he had faced before. Sedol has far from given up on beating AlphaGo as while it plays a strong game, he believes it is still not on par with the “Divine Gods” of Go and is still intending to give his all to the final matches and urges fans to continue to watch with interest.
It is important to remember, that while AlphaGo’s claim to fame may be the game of Go, the methods used in its development are general purpose, meaning that similar AI could be applied to solving key problems for humanity and help to advance numerous scientific fields. The remaining two matches of the series will be played on Sunday and Tuesday, where we will see if AlphaGo will manage a repeat of its past performance or whether Sedol can find a weakness he can use to win the remaining games.
Blizzard has many game series in their name, with the Warcraft game series soon to get its own movie. Another popular series from the company is the Diablo series, featuring angels and demons fighting it out for years and years now. Now 16 years after its original release, and a sequel, Diablo 2 gets a patch.
Diablo 2 last received a patch back in 2011, but now five years later the game gets its next update. First released in 2000, those who want to sit back and enjoy the classic game will now find it easier to play on modern systems.
The patch addresses several things but the major points are the ability to play the game on windows 7, 8 and even 10 without the need for “XP mode”. If you are more of an OSX user, the game should now also work on your system.
If you still need another reason to play it, the game now features enhanced cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. In the original post, the author makes it clear that this is but the first step and that “it does not end there”.
Given the graphics update for Diablo III and now this, could the Diablo series be seeing new life soon? If you feel like trying out the game, check out the Blizzard store, where both Diablo 2 and the Lord Of Destruction expansion are only $9.99 each (£7).
Mr. Gates, can we please have another Age of Empires? Not sure if this is your department, but I figured I’d ask since you were here…
A simple question for a man who doesn’t really have that big a part in the everyday running of Microsoft. To people’s surprise, the question was answered by the man himself:
I will look into this. How many empires do you need?
While people on the internet are going crazy over the prospect that this could potentially mean a new Age of Empires game, possibly even taking the game back to its hay day of Age of Empires 2 (a series so good people are still playing it and using it as a baseline for strategy games), they may need to hold off on the enthusiasm.
When ThatNintendoFan commented saying about making it the top question on Reddit, Bill Gates reply was clear:
I think you did – sorry I can’t deliver an Empire (or an Age) easily.
So there you have it, we might have had another Age of Empires but Bill Gates decided to troll with our feelings. Now if you don’t mind me I feel like I need to start up the game and take my anger out on several AI opponents.
When a game releases, it has teething problems. These can be anything from the servers not having enough space to accommodate as many players that want to play the game at the same time, it can even be as simple as a bug that wasn’t found during production leading to the game crashing. Tom Clancy’s The Division has a different kind of problem, meaning that in order to enjoy the game, you may have to queue up.
Typically online games disable collision when you enter a “social area”. Given their focus and the number of players that gather in these areas, being boxed in and stuck by other players isn’t uncommon if the collision is enabled. The Division doesn’t disable this collision, which has resulted in some rather funny situations.
With players only able to receive quests from certain people, the Division has come up with an ingenious way of solving this problem. The solution would appear to just wait in a cue.
This is better than the alternative that some players have come up with. The alternative being that if they stand in a doorway, players are blocked from going in and out of the room.
As shown in the video, when players are inactive your character will perform jumping jacks, leaving you to experience the “jumping jacks nightmare” should a group of players decide that you need to stay put for a while.
The only current solution being that if you keep moving forward you’ll be able to pass through a player, however if people stack up (such as in the video below) you won’t be able to pass through them. It also doesn’t help if you need to stand still to receive your next quest update.
Enjoying the Division? Give us your thoughts on the game below.
A few years ago Sony had a rather bad hack, which affected around 70 million of their customers. In the wake of the hack, Sony offered to renew its efforts to increase security alongside some gifts to appease players who suffered during the 23-day outage. As of March 2nd, you may find that the promised free game codes have finally arrived.
Depending on the services you were signed up to when the hack happened (PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment), you can claim a variety of rewards. As part of Sony’s initial scheme people were offered to grab a game, but don’t worry if you didn’t manage to grab one all the time back then, you can grab two now.
The games available vary based on which of the available platforms you wish to collect your reward for, with the Playstation 3, Vita and PSP all being offered free rewards as a sorry. If you want to grab a game you can now get inFamous, LittleBigPlanet and even the God Of War HD Collection for free but they will be limited to the aforementioned consoles.
With the lawsuit spawning this reward scheme valued at $2.75 million, Sony must be happy that they can get away with a few free games or even a little account credit or PSN time almost five years since the hack began the security awareness that so many companies are still suffering from.
Typically when a game comes out there are two kinds of people who end up playing the game. Firstly you have the people who purchase the game, looking to enjoy the game in all its glory. You then have the people who will illegally download the game, looking to enjoy the fun without supporting the games creators and losing out on a little cash for the experience. Players have come up with an ingenious way to solve this problem though, with pirates of Stardew Valley getting given copies from other players.
Stardew Valley is currently one of the most played games on Steam, with people looking all over to enjoy the experience, some without paying the £10.99 the game costs on Steam. The response from the community in support of this game is unique, with a member of a Reddit forum looking to pay back the creator by forwarding a few copies of the game on to people who couldn’t afford to buy it.
The original post reads:
So today’s payday and I’ve got a bit of cash leftover after paying my bills. I’d like to use it to pay /u/ConcernedApe back for the awesome game he/se’s made and his/her absolutly stellar involvement with the community.
If any of you folks can’t play because you’re out of cash, let me play it forward for ya 🙂
P.S. That being said, I’m not exactly made of money. I probably won’t be able to buy everyone in the thread a copy of the game. So, sorry in advance if I miss you. Maybe another generous member of the community could spread the love?
EDIT: Forgot to mention, you don’t need to post your Steam name or anything. I’m sending Humble Store gift links because the Humble Store takes a smaller cut of the sticker price than Steam or GOG. That means more of my money will be going directly to ConcernedApe. The Humble Store doesn’t give you a DRM-free copy, but it DOES provide a Steam key.
This quickly became a thing, with people requesting a free copy of the game, followed by people looking to give out copies as well, with more and more people looking to both share the game and support its creator.
I don’t think this is a one off either, other threads have already appeared offering the same deal and I wouldn’t be surprised if big hit successes get threads like this more and more often in the future.
Thief is a series in which you are playing just that, as a thief getting by on your wits and your skills. The latest game in the series made by Square Enix, currently on sale on Steam for only £5, saw mixed reviews. If the game wasn’t for you, that may be changed when you get to experience it all over again in a new form, on as the Thief Movie.
Los Angeles-based production company Straight up Films has acquired the rights to make a film based on the Square Enix franchise. Currently, the screenplay is set to be written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, with all hints pointing to a storyline involving a master thief trying to restore freedom which has been taken away by a magic-wielding tyrant.
With Khalid Jones (from Source Rock and Square Enix) acting as an executive producer, Square Enix still have some say in the creation of the movie, raising hopes that it won’t be a video game movie which fails fans of the series.
Are you excited about seeing a master thief run around in a dark victorian-era city fighting for freedom? If you could take one video game and make a full blockbuster movie on, what would you choose and why?
Baldurs Gate is a favourite amongst many gamers, who remember playing it 18 years ago when it was first released. With its enhanced edition bringing new life to the game it seems like we’ve finally received more information about the expansion and the options you have if you want to enjoy it.
Releasing on March 31st, Baldur’s Gate Siege of Dragonspear will come in three versions. First up you have the standard edition for $19.99 which will feature just the expansion on its own, following this is the $39.97 digital deluxe version which will feature not just the siege of Dragonspear expansion but the full soundtrack of the original game, the enhanced edition and the expansion’s soundtrack.
Finally, the one everyone wants but you can rarely part with your money for, the collectors edition. At $129.99 (plus postage), the collectors edition features a DRM-free copy of Baldurs Gate: Enhanced Edition and a copy of Siege of Dragonspear on a DVD. Carrying on from the Digital Deluxe edition you can enjoy the soundtracks and continue with a collection of additional collectables. First up is the map of the Sword Coast, a cloth map none the less for those who feared piece of laminated paper. Following on you will find a spiral bound copy of the Baldur’s Gate Adventurers guide with updates rules and mechanics and even a full-colour copy of Bence Duncan’s Field Report with a removable, collectible coin to enjoy with it. If you prefer more traditional gifts, a dragon’s head amulet will also be yours alongside 7 Baldur’s Gate themed dice for those brave enough to venture into the realm of D&D.
There is always that one game that you will remember, the first one to truly introduce you to online multiplayer, the one that introduced you to mods and their ability to turn a game from you enjoyed to what you loved. For me, that game was Warcraft 3, and with DOTA already a huge success, a new Kickstarter looks to bring another mod as a standalone game.
Legion Tower Defence was a fun game for many reasons, putting two teams of four against each other teamwork was essential. Coming at you wave after wave, you were in charge of defending your teams king, failure to do so lost you the game. With each wave becoming harder and harder, teamwork and planning were essential if you didn’t want your defences and your king to fall.
Unlike a tower defence, the game used fighters who would come to your defence, moving and attacking with everything they can muster to save your team from the inevitable defeat.Why not spend some of your secondary resources, then and hire a “mercenary” to attack the opposing team? Doing so not only put extra pressure on the energy team but also increased your income at the end of each round.
Currently, the new Kickstarter has four legions. The mechanical armies of Mech, the natural assault of Grove, the battle of the Forsaken and the fury of the Elements. While the game will be free to play (and not pay to win), backing the Kickstarter can get you everything from early access and special skins to unlocking all future legions.
I look forward to seeing how this progresses, with the games that used to be mods normally surprisingly success from both a business and enjoyment point of view.
Ever felt like going off-road and bringing that large truck of yours into the wilderness to enjoy the outdoors? Spintires looked to do just that giving you the ability to enjoy an off-road driving experience based in Russia. The game may be no more though as it has now been pulled from Steam, with issues between the creator and the publisher, causing more than a few little bumps in its development.
The creator, Pavel Zagrebelnyj, came out last week and stated that he was still owed money by the publisher, the UK-based publisher company Oovee. Oovee state that while they are late their accounts are still filed, meaning that Zagrebelnyj would soon receive his money.
That may not be enough though as the game has experienced a recent slew of bugs and malfunctions. These have in fact been due to timebombs, certain pieces of code that go off after certain amounts of time or set dates. The time bombs were supposedly created by Zagrebelnyj, but have since been patched by a user with unofficial fixes.
With no option to buy the game on Steam, users may be disappointed as the signs point to development ending on this game and a sour relationship between the creator and publisher for what could have been an interesting game.
Windows 10 is designed to be the next step for Microsoft’s operating system, with internet functions built-in alongside apps and new gaming technologies designed to help users make the choice to move that little bit easier. With Windows 10 now a recommended update you would expect that some users would be hopeful of the new operating system, something that may not be the case if it keeps removing programs from your system without telling you.
So the major benefit of the internet is that you can quickly update your system, no longer do you have to wait weeks for the latest security patch or game update as you can quickly update anything you need or download something entirely new within hours or even minutes. It may come as a surprise then with groups like LifeHacker noticing that some programs they have on their system seem to be removed after doing an update. In this case, they found the system information tool Speccy had been removed, giving you only an empty file icon and a question of why?
The current theory is that it is removing outdated apps and drivers when it does an update, a good theory but still one that should worry people. Hopefully, this is not an intentional feature, otherwise, users could soon find their programs and software removed from the system, finding out only days later when they need them the most.
I’ve yet to upgrade to Windows 10 personally, and with “features” like this, I can’t say I will be anytime soon.
Microsoft has long been keen on repairing what can only be described as a damaged relationship with the PC gaming community. After a slew of initial releases, Microsoft’s game for Windows Live has soured many experiences of games the company is directly involved, made worse by the lack of features (and sometimes playability at all) when the service was taken down. Windows 10 looks to save them from this past but the initial signs all point to trouble.
One of the key selling points of Windows 10 is DirectX12, a new system designed to make games run not only faster but smoother with all the benefits of the latest generation of software. With “apps” being downloaded through the Windows 10 App store, sometimes with exclusive releases of big games like Gears Of Wars: Ultimate Edition, the limitations on these releases suddenly becomes frightening for PC gamers.
According to recent reports from Guru3D, when testing the latest Ashes of the Singularity beta disabling the vsync setting wouldn’t actually disable the feature. This is because of the technology used to display games in Windows 10, the windows display driver model 2.0.
You may not notice the problem though as programs downloaded from the store don’t expose an executable file, something that a lot of software uses to help mold their experience. Ever use Steam’s big picture mode or Fraps? They both use executable files from your programs to run, meaning using them with Windows 10 games may be more difficult than expected.
Microsoft has said how much they want to bring PC gamers back to trusting their development and platforms. With items like this happening and the quiet (and disastrous) release of Gears Of War Ultimate Edition on their store, they may be harming rather than helping their reputation with the gaming community.
It’s that time again, Sales time! We all know the most important sales for an owner of a PC is when the Steam sale comes around. You load up the page, and suddenly the money just seems to fade away from you as game after game comes along. You notice a bundle, your favourite game series has released a bundle with DLC’s and add-ons galore, but its still going to cost you a pretty large amount even though you own the main bulk of the bundle. This is all set to change though with Steam bundles losing price if you own something in the bundle.
The scale of the discount you’ll receive will changed based on several things including the price of what you own and how many of the items in the bundle you own, this means that you will only be paying the difference between your collection and the bundle. This doesn’t mean that all bundles will work like this, with older bundles (titled Must Purchase Together by Valve) will still exist for things like deluxe editions of games and those with soundtracks included in specific purchases.
Currently the system is only in place for a few bundles, and with an unclear future of when it could be rolled out to every bundle in their library, we just hope it’s done before the next Steam sale.