PC Gaming Is Dead, Long Live PC Gaming! Part 2

21 01 2010

by xeroxeroxero

A couple of weeks ago I argued that traditional PC gaming was dead. Through a combination of rampant piracy, a dwindling market and a technologically divided player base, the age of the office chair gamer with a wealth of big budget, Triple A titles at their disposal is well and truly gone. This week, I’d like to make the point that PC Gaming is far from dead either financially or artistically and that perhaps the keyboard and mouse is the real future of video games. Read the rest of this entry »


PC Gaming Is Dead, Long Live PC Gaming! Part 1

6 01 2010

by xeroxeroxero

It’s a long held belief that the hardest of the hardcore gamer, rocks a PC. Near infinite expandability, game modding to the point that entirely new games can be fashioned out of others (e.g. Portal) and an always on community linked directly to the greatest online gaming experience available; the untethered internet. But PC gaming has seen a serious decline in press coverage recently from the major blogs and gaming sites out there and for one very good reason; the ‘PC gamer’ is very much a dying breed. Read the rest of this entry »

Lucasarts classics now available on Steam

8 07 2009

lucasartsby Daren Baldock

Fans have asked and LucasArts has delivered! On Monday 6th July 2009 the company announced a new initiative in its effort to revive its classic and beloved franchises by making its games available for the first time ever as digital downloads online.

In this first round of releases, ten fan-favorite LucasArts PC games have been made available today on Steam®, Valve Corporation’s delivery and management platform for the PC. Scheduled for release are classic adventure titles like LOOM and The Dig and hit action games including Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Republic Commando. Read the rest of this entry »

Beneath A Steel Sky iPhone rumour

10 05 2009

14w86f6 by Xeroxeroxero

The point and click adventure’s life was bright, but relatively short. Popularised in the early nineties by LucasArts, mortally wounded by frustrating trial and error gameplay and a lack of innovation and being kept barely alive by the good people at ScummVM and a dedicated community of enthusiasts. But for how much longer? The genre may be in for something of a comeback, with the recent remake of Broken Sword being received with critical acclaim and the resurgence of interest inspired by the new wave of touchscreen devices.

Most interestingly perhaps, according to a professional extremely close to the project that I spoke with this weekend, Beneath A Steel Sky the legendary future-noir point and click, is having a sequel developed, and is currently very much in production. It’s unknown whether the title will be a direct continuation of the story of the original BASS, but the source claimed that the lead platform will be iPhone, with other possible releases to follow depending on it’s success on Apple’s mobile platform. Also confirmed was that back in the drawing seat will be Dave Gibbons, the man responsible for the original art, and genre defining graphic novel, Watchmen. There is, unfortunately no word as to when it will see release. This comes just a few months after Charles Cecil and Dave Gibbon’s interview with IGN UK, in which they stated that they would like to work together on a new BASS title. It seems then, that after years of interest, fans will finally get to go back to the world of Robert Foster…

Helghast infiltrating the web – post battle report

26 02 2009


by Matthew Moore

With the new onslaught of Helghast in perhaps one of the most anticipated titles of the year Killzone 2, players have been having a ball.  However its not just the lucky Playstation 3 owners who can help rid the world of the invasion.  You too can be part of the solution and help rid the Helghast from the World Wide Web!

I got a heads up from the guys over at www.testfreaks.co.uk that Sony and Guerrilla Games have been busy giving us more options to take on the fiendish Helghast with a web game of Killzone.

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The 5 Best ‘Sleeper Games’ of 2008

22 11 2008

goonot by Daren Baldock

The big games this year are hard to miss: “Gears of War 2,” “Fallout 3,” “LittleBigPlanet,” “Guitar Hero.” But what about the low-profile ones that are just as good, if not better? The games that come out of nowhere to delight, inspire and surprise us? These are the best Cinderella games of 2008. If it’s the new and innovative you seek, don’t. . .

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LucasArts Announces Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG

22 10 2008

not by Daren Baldock

GamingShogun writes, “Today in San Francisco, LucasArts formally announced their new MMORPG, titled ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’. Highlights of the announcement included word that the game will, as rumored, be set inside the Knights of the Old Republic universe and will be heavily ‘story based’ and allow players to have ‘companion characters’…”

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