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Torchlight and Hob developer Runic Games has shut down (Updated)

Update: Amid the somber news, Runic Games co-founder Travis Baldree has launched a fact-filled Twitter thread to celebrate the studio’s nine-year history. Here are some highlights:  [2/?] Runic Games was first registered as ‘Surprise Truck’ and I got many calls asking if ‘Surprise Trucking’ could do a cross-country move.November 3, 2017 [7/?] The first Torchlight prototype involved a test model that looked remarkably like Jesus, dual wielding swords.November 3, 2017 [11/?] Torchlight 1 was made …

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For console games, downloads are approaching a tipping point

Any future for used games? View more stories On the PC, games distributed on discs in physical boxes have been a practical market rounding error for years now. Destiny 2‘s sales distribution highlights how the console game market may finally (and inexorably) be heading toward that point as well. In an earnings call this week, Activision revealed that more than 50 percent of Destiny 2‘s sales on consoles came via download rather than on a …

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Why Sony Music is getting into video games with indie label Unties

Last month, the announcement that Sony Music was launching an indie games label Unties left many people in the industry a bit confused. The publisher is bringing games to PC, as well as PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, but seemingly has nothing to do with PlayStation. We caught up with one of the people behind it, Grasshopper Manufacture, Q Games and Indie Megabooth vet John Davis (pictured, far right) on the Paris Games Week show floor …

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The monstrous ROG G703 Asus laptop could easily chew through your PC games

Why it matters to you If you’re looking for a powerful, new laptop for your big on-the-go PC gaming craving, this monster will take a big bite out of your wallet. Just days before BlizzCon 2017, the Republic of Gamers arm at Asus introduced a new, powerful laptop for the PC gaming crowd: The ROG G703. Not to be confused with the ROG GL703 models launched on October 24, this “beast” packs seventh-generation Intel Core …

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The Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 schedule is up

Awesome Games Done Quick is coming back for 2018, bringing more than 130 hours of speedrunning to the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel to raise funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Registration to attend is closed but the whole thing will be livestreamed on Twitch, and if you’re looking for a particular game or runner to watch, the full schedule has now been posted.    The event will begin at 11:30 am ET on January …

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“Denuvo-protected games will continue to get cracked faster and faster,” piracy group says

Denuvo markets themselves as the “#1 application protection and Anti-Piracy Technology” in the world. Their aim is to “provide the longest crack-free release window compared to competitors,” protecting new games from hacking and piracy during their opening weeks and months, when sales are arguably most important and piracy is likely to have the biggest impact. A recent EU report concluded that piracy actually increases videogame sales. A year or two ago, Denuvo delivered on that …

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5 silly golf games you can play on PC instead of Golf Story

It is easy to dismiss much of the Nintendo Switch’s library as secondhand indie games that we have been enjoying on Steam for a while. The charming, retro-tinged Golf Story changed this – not only is it a No. 1 smash on the eShop, it is also an envy-inducing Switch exclusive. If this underdog hit is giving you a case of FOMO, don’t panic just yet – there are fortunately other, even more irreverent, takes …

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EA Talks About Closing Visceral And Single-Player Games

One of the biggest pieces of gaming news this year will surely be the closure of Visceral Games and the re-tooling of the developer’s mysterious Star Wars game that was being made under the direction of Uncharted director Amy Hennig. While much has already been said on the topic, it was brought up again today during the latest EA earnings call. EA CEO Andrew Wilson discussed the decision to close Visceral and spoke generally about …

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Total War devs discuss direction of new historical games

(Image: © Peter Dennis) Creative Assembly’s Total War: Warhammer fantasy series is in rude health, however there’s much to come from its historically-inspired games in the not too distant future. Talking on the Total War official site, game directors and project leads Maya Georgieva, Jack Lusted, and Janos Gaspar chat about their respective projects—which include Total War Saga, a new historical era, and a forthcoming campaign expansion.  Speaking to the latter, Georgieva says her project …

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Osama Bin Laden was an anime fan and played pirated Naruto games

Osama Bin Laden was the leader of terrorist group Al-Qaeda from its creation in the late 80s until his death in 2011 as a result of a US military operation. During that time he was directly responsible for some heinous attacks throughout the Middle East, and the most significant terrorist action in US history. In addition to crimes against humanity too numerous to count, it turns out that Bin Laden was also a gamer, a …

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Specs Are Interesting, But The Proof Is In How Games Look

With the Xbox One X launching next week, Sony pulled out a strong Media Showcase at Paris Games Week 2017 to try and counter Microsoft’s new console. The Xbox One X is much more powerful than Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, though, with an estimated 6 TFLOPS of FP32 performance against PS4 Pro’s 4.2 TFLOPS. But in an interview published today by The Telegraph, PlayStation’s Global Sales Head Jim Ryan downplayed the importance of hardware specs …

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Why Are Video Games so Sexist?

When I was in college, I became addicted to a browser-based word game featuring cute animals. I couldn’t resist it. I didn’t fail any courses, but compulsive play took precedence over studying. At the time I was living with several male roommates, and one of them, a seasoned gamer, scoffed when he saw me playing with the pink elephant in pirate garb on the screen. “Can I find you something to play that’s, like … …

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EA’s CEO says Visceral Games’ closure “wasn’t about” a move to multiplayer

  EA say that the decision to close Visceral Games had nothing to do with the publisher’s move away from single player games. Visceral’s Star Wars game would have been a gritty heist story.   In a financial earnings call yesterday, Andrew Wilson was asked to comment on the closure of the studio, and said that a combination of player feedback and market trends contributed to the change of direction that EA eventually took. Wilson …

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10 great indie horror games

It’s Halloween, so you’re more likely to be looking for something scary to play than at any other time of year (it’s also possible you’re just finishing Wolfenstein 2, which is fine too). While you can find our long list of the best horror games elsewhere, in this feature we wanted to focus exclusively on some of our favourite indie horror titles, where the subject matter tends to be more specific than you’d get in …

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6 Xbox One games to help you forget that Mario guy

Everyone is talking about Mario (again). But if you’re on the Xbox, what do you have for a cutesy retro fix? Mario is here. Again. One of the most talked about games of the year is Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch. And that’s fine if you have a Switch. Much of Mario’s appeal is that it’s both nostalgia-filled and family friendly. Xbox One has plenty of games that fit that bill, and here …

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