Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'
I like this idea as some apps are deceptive in that they appear free but are really not due to micro transactions. Others are also labelled as "free" when they are really just shareware that requires a purchase to unlock all the functions. Apple should really follow suit as the same problem exists in that app store too.
I always liked the notion of having a feature complete free version that is Ad supported only and then a paid one that is ad free rather than micro-transactions but that's just me.
Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code
I wonder if Crytek hopped on board with the subscription model knowing that Unreal 4 was going to have it.
Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux
Sounds like SELinux is to Linux like UAC is to Windows.
PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero
Not Valve games but there's also "Planetside 2" (run by Sony of all companies) and Firefall (the latter showing a whole lot of potential once it gets out of its beta stage).
The only concern I have about free-to-play is that the majority of titles are multi-player (usually MMO) only. I've seen very few "Single Player" F2P titles that aren't just demos in disguise. There are exceptions though such as "Plants Vs Zombies 2" which can be played all the way through without paying (unless you REALLY want access to the optional premium plants).
The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators
"Barely even a proper *SNES* emulator".
Not true. Take a look a bsnes (now merged into hijan). It's a cycle accurate SNES emulator with 100% compatibility. Currently a similar emulator but for N64 is being made called CEN64 (still in early development at the moment).
The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators
I remember working being done a GBA emulator before that system even came out and Nintendo DS Emulators were also around while the system was in its prime. Same goes for the Wii (which was a really pleasant surprise at the time).
The Ultimate Anti-Action Online Game: Waiting In Line 3D
Didn't always work out for me. Sometimes the line in Postal 2 would get horrendously jammed up and wouldn't progress until I reloaded my save file (the church was the worst for this since the hallway is so narrow).
Hopefully the mechanics of a moving line is better in this game since that is the primary focus of it.
Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?
I do not see how the Steam Box will compare with the Xbox One and PS4 any more than the PC itself as the Steam box is exactly that only it will have a lower price than many gaming PC's, use Linux, be mod-friendly, and be tailored towards connecting to your home theatre setup while also trying to revamp the paradigms of controller design (I especially hope that works out as well). What this MAY do is encourage more developers to create Linux ports which isn't as common as it could be. I just hope this does not turn out to be another Ouya scenario with a relatively low selection of upcoming noteworthy titles.
Epic and Mozilla Bring HTML5 OpenGL Demo To the Browser
Tried the demo and it's actually pretty surreal being able to play a game like that in a web browser. I hope the technology improves further as time passes. One issue is that it cannot capture the mouse in fullscreen meaning you have to click in order to turn the camera. This would be a big problem playing windowed of course but in full screen, it's more intuitive just to move the mouse to turn around (like every FPS has implemented).
Hackers Swipe Unreleased Game From Ubisoft
They really over-did it with Ezio. He was cool at first but didn't need three entire games dedicated to him. I too felt like Revelations was just a re-hash of Brotherhood.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on the other hand looks nothing like Far Cry 3 other than the name. It seems like a completely different game running off the same engine and that's it.
Former Sega Employee Reveals Sega Pluto Prototype Console
They were still working on adding in that last bit before release.
Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads
So here is my take on the matter. I fully understand that numerous websites such as Destructoid provide a lot of free (quality) content to viewers yet their servers come with increasing operation costs and therefore, ad revenue is a necessity to keep the site running without demanding a premium charge first. The same goes for several other websites. The problem is that I have encountered way too many highly abusive ads that I came to the point where I didn't WANT to shut adblock off nor do I want to go fishing through each site I visit and only enable adblock manually when they go overboard. I would rather preventative measures instead.
Point in case. I was at my brother's place and he needed help installing a Minecraft mod. I went to its download page and was bombarded with at least 5 gigantic download buttons and guess what? All of them were fake and were placed as a trap in order to get a free ad click from anyone who just wanted to download the mod. That is deceptive! Needless to say, I became very frustrated from being sent all over the place so installed Adblock on his machine soon after. After returning to the page, I eventually found the REAL download link "tucked away" BUT you had to give them a facebook like, tweet, etc just to view it. Don't believe me? See it for yourself and you'll know what I mean: http://www.minecraftmine.org/minecraft-1-0-0-modloader-1-0-0-mod/
THIS is the kind of crap that I couldn't stand prior to installing Adblock on my own machine. I've also come across ads that would slow down my machine (due to being a poorly coded flash banner), play obnoxious music, spawn a popup that abuses the unLoadEvent function thereby displaying a dialog box before it will close, or even attempt a browser hijack to change my default search provider or a drive by malware installation. Then there are the video streaming sites like Youtube which throw in half a minute commercials not just at the beginning but sometimes in the MIDDLE of a video as well which ends up being extremely loud compared to the video itself and therefore hurts my ears (I use headphones and yes I know that only partner videos have ads but hopefully you get the point I am making). I am sorry but enough is enough!
It's really nice that Destructoid heavily monitors what advertisers' banners appear but some sites just let it go way out of control and I have no way of knowing this until I hit the site. Therefore, to save myself a LOT of frustration, Adblock is going to have to stay on until the worst of ads are abolished (which does not seem very likely unfortunately). Text ads like what Google uses I could tolerate as well as small non-intrusive banners. In fact, Adblock HAS an option to allow "non-intrusive" ads and this is ON by default. Perhaps more sites should work towards only displaying those and perhaps less ads will be blocked. Only the REAL ad loathers would enable that options as well. Also, there are sites that just flat-out refuse Adblock users by inserting a script to halt all traffic that has it installed. If they really get desperate, they could do that too although I find this approach to be quite hostile.
'Connected' TVs Mostly Used Just Like the Unconnected Kind
To me, Internet capable TV's are kind of redundant. I think it's safe to say that most people who own a TV also have a computer or tablet they can use to browse the Internet.
If you want to push the silliness even further, I used to have a Samsung 27" T27A950 which is a computer monitor that also happens to be "connected" as well. So my first question is why you would use the monitor to access the Internet rather than the computer it is connected to. Granted it can be used as a regular TV as well (even had a port for a coaxial cable) but that is beside the point.
Blizzard Has a Version of Diablo 3 Running On Consoles
"Titan Quest - Immortal Throne" also feels more like a true spiritual successor to "Diablo II" as well. No "online only" requirement in single player, auction house, RIDICULOUS difficulty curve, or other needless mechanic that degrades the overall experience. I will have to check out "Path of Exile" sometime as well. I stopped playing Diablo III once I got to the "hell" difficulty and never went back again.
But Can It Run Crysis 3?
I should hopefully be good to go too. Haven't pirated it and not going to but if it can max out my system, then that's a pretty nuts games:
i7 2600k @4.2Ghz
EVGA GTX 680
16GB DDR3 RAM @1866Mhz
Nintendo Power To Shut Down
I actually didn't even realize the magazine subscription still existed (I stopped caring about it long ago). Anyway, as my title states, I am not surprised by this. With the widespread wealth of information the Internet provides, having a magazine to advertise upcoming games is just redundant. All the latest information can be posted and archived online anyway where is it accessible without any special subscription. Same goes with game hints and tips.
Back in the late 80's and early 90's, this was an awesome magazine to have when Internet access was not so widely available like it is today. Otherwise you and friends were left to your own devices to figure out secrets and getting a new game was a leap of faith so to speak unless you could read up on it first. On the other hand, since when would Nintendo Power say "don't buy this game, it sucks" so yes, biased indeed.
On a side note, I wonder how long before auctions start popping up which include a literally "complete" collection of Nintendo power from the first issue to the last.
Review: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Illustrates Nintendo's Greatest Problem
I have to agree with your mini-review more than the article. Also, the gold coin fire flower is awesome as it literally hits every coin block in its area of effect as well as producing a coin out of every brick it strikes. That hasn't been seen in any previous Mario title to date. Neither has the coin block helmet (not sure what its official name is). I also find it funny how the game randomly sticks one at the beginning of a level for you or how the first stage in the game has about 5 of these things.
The Rebirth of PC Gaming? Bring On the Modders!
"I think I've made my decision.".
Yes, the kind of decision a game developer just in it for the money and nothing else would make. However, those who make games not only for a living but for the satisfaction of knowing people are going to enjoy it for many years to come and talented artists and programmers out there in the community can and will do what they can to increase the longevity of the title WILL find value in creating mod tools. Look at how well Bethesda PC games have done some of which are being re-lived using updated engines (e.g. Playing Morrowind in Oblivion's engine and SkyOblivion is already in development as well).
It's like those music artists that bicker about piracy and treat their fans like criminals all the time rather than realizing that their music is reaching a wider and wider audience thereby growing their fanbase.
uTorrent Adds "Featured Torrents" Ads — With No Opt Out (Yet)
To be fair, Winamp at lets you cut out pretty much all the bloat during the install process (most of which is related to the media library). Not only that but the Pro features are redundant. You can rip CD's using the disk writer plugin (assuming you have the proper codec) and play all types of videos through Directshow (again, assuming you have the codec installed).
uTorrent 3.0 unfortunately does not let you skip installing all the uneeded extras although you can hide most of them once in the application.
uTorrent Adds "Featured Torrents" Ads — With No Opt Out (Yet)
I have to agree that while rTorrent does seem quite nice, it also has an overly complex setup even on windows. With uTorrent, you double click the exe, run the quick installer and you're good to go. With ruTorrent, you need to first install Cygwin, libsigc++, libTorrent, and of course rTorrent itself. Add all that up, and it's likely to be even more bloated than the ad-supported uTorrent itself. One thing I've always liked about Windows applications is that they often don't need several extras to be installed first such as the above nor do you have to worry about so many dependencies and how they may even clash at times.
Now if someone can suggest an alternate Torrent client that isn't geared towards Linux and therefore doesn't require a bunch of extra libraries to be installed first, that would be wonderful.
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