Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had a tumultuous time with the press ever since they got together, but some members of the media are putting all the blame on the Duchess of Sussex. Find out why this royal photographer thinks Harry was manipulated by his wife.
Jamira Haines is more than just Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's girlfriend. Haines has real goals and is actively working to make it all happen.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., is now a commentator on Fox, but she once worked as an underwear model for Victoria's Secret. Find out why Guilfoyle posed for the lingerie catalog and how she feels about it now.
Dog the Bounty Hunter has endured a number of heartbreaking losses, including the death of his daughter the night before his wedding to the late Beth Chapman. Here's a closer look at the reality star's resiliency in the face of tragedy.
In the wake of Naya Rivera's tragic disappearance, many stars are sharing heartfelt messages, and Rivera's former Glee castmate Heather Morris is no different. Here's what fans may not know about Rivera's former co-star and longtime friend.
Jada Pinkett Smith's affair with August Alsina came to light after Alsina claimed that he had gotten involved with the actress with husband Will Smith's blessing. Here's the truth about their relationship.
Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers announced their separation on July 10, 2020 after ten years of marriage. Here's what happened in the months and years leading up to the separation.
Will Smith sat down with wife Jada Pinkett Smith to discuss her affair with August Alsina, and a body language expert says the actor was uncomfortable during much of the conversation. Find out his secret gestures here.
Simone Biles split up with her boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr. after almost three years of dating, as she confirmed in July 2020. Learn about what Biles has to say about the breakup and what their relationship was like.
Kimberly Guilfoyle has a major role in the Trump campaign and an impressive net worth to match. Find out how much Guilfoyle is really worth and the controversial 'secret' paychecks that may be supporting her income.
For six seasons between 1994 and 2000, the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope — created by the legendary David E. Kelley — enthralled audiences with its well-drawn, slightly dysfunctional cast of characters and high stakes, often ripped-from-the-headlines cases. Why was the series canceled?
The new Netflix limited series Stateless is an ensemble effort that examines Australia's immigration system. Much of the action centers on an immigrant detention center in the middle of the Outback, and the people interred there.
We only see the character of Quynh in The Old Guard briefly, but we're betting that you may have found her face to be familiar. The actress who plays her, Veronica Ngo, has amassed a respectable body of work — and in the last few years, she's appeared in some pretty big-time productions.
When How to Get Away with Murder premiered on ABC back in 2014, part of the Shondaland show's appeal was, well, murder. With the show's title holding nothing back about its premise, viewers came in knowing that characters were going to die.
As television's latest prankster-in-chief, Chance the Rapper has a lot of feelings about his new job. In April of 2020, the multi-talented performer officially became a part of the Quibi family, signing on to work on a reality show reboot as a part of the streaming platform's lineup of programming.
A&E's long-running reality series Storage Wars has seen a lot of big personalities in its twelve seasons. Whether it's the eccentric father and son duo of Darrell and Brandon Sheets, or controversial husband and wife team Rene and Casey Nezhoda, it's always the characters we tune in for.
Yes, Travolta is once again doing TV, or rather mobile phones this time around, which historically has been a rarity for him. In the series, Kevin Hart plays a fictionalized version of himself who's tired of playing second fiddle to the action stars.
Fans of the DC Universe series Doom Patrol know that the team never have any shortage of extremely weird ancillary characters to deal with. Perhaps the weirdest of the bunch, though, was Ernest Franklin, a villain who goes by the name of "Beard Hunter" — and whose comics incarnation is even weirder.
Moana seems like it has a very happy, very Disney ending with heroine's people saved and Moana herself returned home to lead them, but this one fan theory has us reevaluating everything we thought we knew.
At the time of Cobie Smulders' casting, Robin Scherbatsky was her most significant role to date, a part that would eventually launch a career on the big and small screen. But How I Met Your Mother co-creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays revealed it nearly wasn't Smulders who won over Ted's heart.
At the end of it latest extended critique of marketing and consumerism disguised as a videogame press conference, Devolver Digital simultaneously announced and released a new game. It's called Devolverland Expo and you can get it on Steam for free right now.Set in an empty convention center after a big videogame hype event has been canceled, it's apparently a first-person marketing simulator. It looks like you get to explore spaces styled after Devolver games like Weird West, Carrion, Shadow Warrior 3, and Disc Room (complete with changes in art style to suit) as well as shooting up some Fall Guys, the cartoon stars of their forthcoming Gang Beasts-esque battle royale thing. Plus, there's a power glove and a t-shirt you can use against floating security robots. It's all very strange, which I suppose is what you'd expect. Given that we recently saw the Oregon County Fair turned into an MMO and the EEK3 showcase gave us a haunted virtual showfloor to explore, Devolverland Expo seems pretty timely. I am excited for surreal public space simulators to become their own microgenre.Download it here.
Today's Devolver Direct livestream did not nail down a specific release date for Serious Sam 4, which is expected to be out in August. It did serve up a new gameplay trailer, however, showing off familiar Sam-style FPS action, but also an out-of-nowhere narrative twist that casts the hero of the series as a starship captain.The trailer opens with Serious Sam briefly describing his "awesome" life long ago in command of a starship, the Surveyor, as it lands on a very unpleasant-looking alien world. Instead of exploring that interesting new aspect of the character, though, it immediately cuts to an array of ridiculous weapons being deployed against an array of ridiculous monsters.I have no idea what the significance of the story is, but the gameplay looks to be exactly what you'd expect from a Serious Sam game. Serious Sam 4 promises to be much bigger than previous games, though: Croteam said in May that its new "Legion System" will enable hundreds of thousand of enemies to be rendered simultaneously, which sounds perfectly appropriate for the series. There will also be new weapons and enemies, and obviously plenty of returning favorites, too.I have to admit that I'm curious about the interstellar exploration angle (humanity had traveled to the stars in Serious Sam lore, such as it is, but it's not exactly a focal point of the game), and also that big, Doomsday-looking guy at the end. What really caught my attention, though, was the logo that appeared just after the trailer in the Devolver Direct livestream, referring to it as Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass. Devolver confirmed in May that it had dropped that most marvelous subtitle, which I thought was genuinely sad, and while it doesn't appear in the trailer itself, its presence in the Devolver Direct livestream gives me hope that someone saw fit to put it back.
Persona 4 Golden is "the most significant PC port of a Japanese game since Dark Souls in 2012" as Wes put it when he tested that port for us (he was impressed, though he had a few issues like the use of Denuvo DRM). Persona 4 being on Steam is an important test case for the Persona series as a whole, so it's a good sign that it's sold half a million copies.Atlus tweeted the information with a sketch by character designer Shigenori Soejima and noted in a follow-up tweet that it was the 12-year anniversary of the original version's PlayStation 2 release. "We hope you're enjoying #P4G and welcome back to the Midnight Channel!"Persona 4 Golden selling well on PC makes it more likely we'll eventually see a PC version of Persona 5, and Persona 3 as well. Fingers crossed.
Gory wall-crawling horror game Carrion is set to release on July 23rd, as announced in today's Devolver Digital presentation. Billed as a 'reverse horror game' since its announcement a few years ago, Carrion has you playing as an amorphous amalgamation of tentacles and flesh sliding through air ducts and hallways devouring the hapless humans who unleashed you upon their unfortunate world.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is coming out next month, on August 4th, and looks to be completely ridiculous. Imagine a 60-player battle royale where everyone is a wobbly potato person and you survive by winning a candy-colored ultimate ninja warrior obstacle course and/or absurd mario party minigames against others. All of this while you wear ridiculous costumes and hats, because this is a videogame.
Japanese developer Skeleton Crew announced new game Olija today, to be published by Devolver Digital and released this year. Olija is a 2D action-adventure platformer where hero Faraday attempts to use his "legendary harpoon" to escape a strange country of Terraphage where he has been marooned. It's a game with an indie aesthetic, using minimalist graphics paired with sharp action to set its visual scene.Here's an official plot description: "Through adventurous exploration, narration and razor sharp combat, the player will discover a strange world and its inhabitants, including Olija, an enigmatic lady that Faraday finds himself bound to over time. Inspired by swashbuckling tales and cinematic adventure games, Olija is a story about facing the unknown in adversity."
The Gujian games are singleplayer RPGs set in a fantasy version of ancient China, developed by Shanghai-based studio Aurogon. The original was the first Chinese videogame to have fully voiced main characters, and the whole series is quite popular in its home country. It was even adapted into a TV series called Swords of Legend, and was one of the 40 launch games announced for Steam China last year.As industry analyst Daniel Ahmad pointed out on Twitter, Gujian 3 sold 1.3 million copies, more than any other game in the series. It's also the only one with English subtitles, which were patched into the Steam version in November of 2019. Since then it's racked up a substantial amount of customer reviews in English, and is currently sitting on a user rating of Very Positive.Apparently it stands alone from the rest of the series, with new protagonists in a shared setting. Characters from the earlier Gujian games have cameos and show up in a card-based minigame called Lost Tales, but otherwise it doesn't rely on knowledge of the first two. There's more info on the Steam page.
Ubisoft has announced that several of the company's executives have stepped down amid a scandal involving allegations of workplace misconduct and harassment. Chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, the managing director of Ubisoft's Canadian studios Yannis Mallat, and global head of human resources Cécile Cornet have all stepped down from their positions as part of what a press release calls "the comprehensive work the Company is doing to improve and strengthen its workplace culture." "These departures come following the initiation of a rigorous review that the Company initiated in response to recent allegations and accusations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior," it says. There will also be a "restructuring and strengthening" of Ubisoft's HR policies and structure.The statement follows the resignation of Ubisoft vice president Maxime Beland amidst allegations of workplace abuse, as well as the publication of a report by French newspaper Libération claiming to expose a toxic working culture at Ubisoft. You can read a partial translation of that report at Eurogamer. It describes multiple instances of verbal and physical abuse.According to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, Hascoët "was the man in charge of ALL of [Ubisoft's] games," and "with one word he could greenlight or cancel a project."
Coronavirus restrictions to tackle the spread of COVID-19 are hampering efforts to prevent the spread of Dengue, doctors have warned.
Experts say doctors have always known that airborne transmission plays a role in the spread of the novel coronavirus.
"Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said 'I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it's not.'"
NASA announced July 9 two new directives regarding planetary protection for missions to the moon and Mars based on an independent review board last year.
Skywatchers were getting quite the treat in the July morning sky. A recently discovered comet has provided dazzling views for those with optimal pre-dawn conditions. NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission discovered the icy visitor to our solar system in late March. So, it's been named Comet NEOWISE. The space telescope spotted the comet using its two infrared channels, which are sensitive to the heat signatures given off by the object.
The type of UV light that can kill the new coronavirus is dangerous to use unless you're properly trained for it.
Lewis Hamilton's pole position lap for the Styrian Grand Prix gave another timely reminder of his wet-weather prowess on a day Formula 1 needed patience with the appalling weather
We love football and money in America, sometimes more than our neighbors, or life itself.
The PGA TOUR continues Sunday in Round 4 of the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. Due to the threat of inclement weather, tee times were moved up to 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. in threesomes off split tees. Here's everything you need to know to follow the action.
Jorge Masvidal pays homage to Kamaru Usman on a job well done, but after spending five rounds with him, he’s confident in what he’d do different in a rematch.
The 54-year-old took a page from Gwyneth Paltrow's book, writing: 'Beth and I would like to share that after much reflection we have made the decision to consciously uncouple.'
Ryan Dorsey and Rivera's dad, George, appeared emotional as they entered the water fully-clothed Saturday on the fourth day of the search at Lake Piru, which is about 56 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles
Here's how to get your free copy of 'Watch Dogs 2' by watching Ubisoft Forward: where to watch and what time to log in.
'Fall Guys' is coming to PS4 and Steam on August 4th, bringing the battle royale concept to kid-friendly mini-games.
Here are some of the best authenticator apps and options. It may take a moment to set up, but once you have 2FA enabled where it counts, you can rest easier.
Ubisoft's Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoët Resigns Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Along with more executives.
These stocks all grew by more than 40% in their most recent quarters.
According to the study, blocking middle seats could make flying in the pandemic significantly safer.
Grocers are having trouble staying stocked with goods from flour to soups as climbing coronavirus case numbers and continued lockdowns pressure production and bolster customer demand.
7-Eleven's annual Free Slurpee Day has been canceled, Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day postponed and the July Tax Day isn't a day of free food.
Michelle Bolsonaro, the wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who is sick with the new coronavirus, said on Saturday that she and her two daughters had tested negative for the virus.
Pope Francis said on Sunday that he is “deeply pained” over the decision by Turkey to change the status of Hagia Sophia — which was originally built in Istanbul as a Christian cathedral — from a museum to a mosque.
Unofficial poll will choose pro-democracy candidates for legislative council elections
Trump wears a mask publicly for the first time. Disney World reopened, despite a surge in Florida. Thousands of Israelis protested the government’s handling of the economy.
The chief executive of Goya Foods, Robert Unanue, brushed off critics on Friday, saying that he would not apologize for his previous statement that the U.S.
President Donald Trump considered the idea of selling Puerto Rico in 2017 after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the former acting Homeland Security secretary told The New York Times in an interview published Friday.
Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland announced its reopening plan for the 2020-2011 school year in a letter to the community on Saturday.
Joe Biden maybe leading President Trump in some recent 2020 presidential election polls, but Biden will soon have to answer for and explain his recent policy pitches, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Saturday night.
Ex-US special counsel Robert Mueller intervenes after President Trump commutes an aide's jail term.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said President Donald Trump has "crossed a bridge" on mask wearing, calling his action while on a Saturday visit to wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center "an admission" that mask wearing can help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The Tennessee Department of Health reports 1,460 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 61,006. The department said 15 more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.
Will Smith didn't take kindly to 50 Cent trolling wife Jada over her "entanglement" with August Alsina.
The event was set to be held in Portsmouth, N.H., on Saturday. The campaign delayed it amid ongoing concerns about President Trump attracting only small crowds at his events.
We found Superhot: Mind Control Delete to be very good, although it won't actually be out on Steam until next week. The good news for owners of the original Superhot is that when it arrives, you'll get it for free.Superhot: Mind Control Delete was originally envisioned as free DLC when it was announced in 2017, but has grown over the years into its own thing: Four times larger than the original game, according to developer Superhot Team, and with the core "time only moves when you do" mechanic expanded with new weapons, skills, and roguelike elements in the form of "practically endless, procedurally-generated temporal skirmishes."It can be "bloody repetitive," we said in our 82/100 review (I told you it was very good), "but if you finished Superhot wanting more, Mind Control Delete offers just that. It's great for popping in and out of a handful of brawls during a lunch break, knowing that each gauntlet survived ensures more tools and more challenges for the next day´s run."And, as mentioned, you can grab it free as long as you own the original. There are some restrictions, as detailed in this FAQ—the giveaway only applies to purchased copies of the game, not freebies, so if you picked it up through something like Twitch Prime or the Xbox Game Pass, you're not eligible. Superhot VR isn't eligible either, as they're "different games."On the upside, the giveaway applies to all purchases of Superhot prior to July 17, so if you're interested, you've still got a week to snag it and set yourself up for the freebie. (Superhot is currently on sale on Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store, by the way.)"We´re incredibly lucky and privileged thanks to you. The support of you and all of those customers like you allows us to keep the studio independent. You let us run it however we please, without care about bottom lines and profit margins," Superhot Team said. "You´re allowing us to continue to do weird and wonderful things with our lives. It only seems fair that we try to return the favor. As a tiny token of our gratitude, we hope that coordinating this massive, complicated giveaway scheme helps bring a bit more joy into your life."Superhot: Mind Control Delete comes out on July 16.Thanks, Eurogamer.
Nearly every summer for more than 50 years, thousands of people have gathered in Veneta, Oregon, a little town 13 miles west of Eugene, to party. The Oregon Country Fair is an annual art and music festival with an eye to the region's history of counter-culture movements and environmental activism, staged as a non-profit, family friendly affair. But, as with most public events, the Oregon Country Fair was cancelled this year due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. Cancelled in person, at least. The Oregon Country Fair in the Clouds is the festival's first virtual showing, but it's not just some simple webcast. The entire outdoor venue, multiple stages and walkways strewn about the Oregon forest, have been recreated in glorious low-poly—a wholly volunteer effort. We're talking bulky cauliflower trees and blurred swatches of grass and dirt that look straight out of Everquest. And you can explore the whole thing in first-person.
Xbox Game Pass is a subscription-based service from Microsoft that offers unlimited access to more than 100 games for a mere $5 per month. It debuted on PC last year after a couple of years as a console-exclusive service, and it's a pretty great deal: I can't buy a decent burger for five bucks, and the list of games it includes is impressive.One game it won't include, at least for awhile, is Cyberpunk 2077. Earlier this week, Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat was musing on Twitter about third-party console exclusives, noting that Microsoft could throw a wrench into competitors' plans by, for instance, paying CD Projekt to have Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox Game Pass at launch.It's an interesting idea, and one I could see Microsoft pursuing—there was actually a rumor in May that Cyberpunk 2077 would be on Xbox Game Pass at launch, although Microsoft quickly shot it down—but it's not going to happen. So says Radek Grabowski, lead PR manager at developer CD Projekt Red:
Devolver Digital, publisher of such games as Shadow Warrior 3, Serious Sam 4, and Carrion, has been putting on E3 shows for a few years now. Or, really, it's been dramatizing its satirical corporate mythology with buckets of stage blood while sometimes showing some trailers, too. This year's Devolver Direct, embedded above, continues the tradition.There's no use trying to summarize Devolver's incoherent multi-year plot—better to just watch for yourself—but I can point to the trailers that were shown:
As promised, Shadow Warrior 3 gameplay was revealed today during the Devolver Direct livestream, showcasing the return of Lo Wang, who's got a few new tricks up his sleeve.The setting and enemies are broadly familiar, although there will clearly be some new forces of evil to combat, including tunnelers and what looks to be a demonic clown attached to an accordion. The trailer also revealed some of our hero's new moves in action, including his grappling hook, wall-running skills, and executions, all additions to the third game in the series.Unfortunately, the trailer doesn't get into either the story or why Lo Wang was wearing Hoji's mask in earlier teasers. The back-and-forth banter between the two was one of my favorite parts of the Shadow Warrior reboot (Lo Wang makes a great straight man) and I'd love to see more of that in the new game. The voice in the trailer and the Steam listing both indicate that his sidekick this time around is Orochi Zilla, his employer/nemesis from the reboot, but there's no ignoring the presence of that mask, so I remain hopeful. Here's what Steam has to say about it, by the way:"Fallen corporate shogun Lo Wang and his former employer turned nemesis turned sidekick Orochi Zilla embark on an improbable mission to recapture an ancient dragon they unwillingly unleashed from its eternal prison. Armed with a punishing mix of blades and bullets, Lo Wang must traverse uncharted parts of the world to track down the dark beast and push the apocalypse back yet again. All it will take is the mask of a dead god, a dragon's egg, a touch of magic, and enough firepower to hold off the impending cataclysm."That sure sounds like Shadow Warrior, alright. Shadow Warrior 3 expected to be out sometime in 2021.
NEW YORK (AP) — A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic. The number of deaths per...
he South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed the state’s first pediatric death associated with COVID-19 on Saturday.
A San Antonio doctor said one of her hospital's patients, a 30-year-old man, died after attending a so-called "COVID party" -- a bizarre trend where young people intentionally get together with someone who's infected.
No matter where you live, choose from a menu of activities to join NASA as we "Countdown to Mars" and launch the Perseverance rover to the Red Planet.
SpaceX postponed the latest Starlink satellite launch again Saturday (July 11) for more checks of its Falcon 9 rocket.
In his latest book, Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond, Christopher Wanjek examines humanity’s obsession with space travel, why our dreams of living among the stars haven’t yet come to fruition and what it will take to finally get our interstellar efforts off the ground. Excerpted from SPACEFARERS: HOW HUMANS WILL SETTLE THE MOON, MARS, AND BEYOND by Christopher Wanjek, published by Harvard University Press. As hostile an environment as Antarctica is, the icy continent still has one thing that the Moon and Mars doesn’t, and that’s air.
The PGA TOUR continues Saturday in Round 3 of the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. Here's everything you need to know to follow the action.
James Harden has yet to take the Rockets to the Finals despite being one of the game's greatest scorers, and if NBA insiders are right, that may not change this year even with a new supporting cast.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Saturday his concern for the football season is "high to very high" and acknowledged, "We are running out of time to correct and get things right."
UFC 4 features Israel Adesanya and Jorge Masvidal as the game’s official cover athlete duo. Players who pre-order the game can play out one of the most antic...
Kid Cudi and Lil Wanye discussed Cudi's new collaboration with Eminem during a new episode of Weezy's Young Money Radio show on Apple Music.
"Star Wars" Stormtroopers enforced mask-wearing and Mickey Mouse waved from a distance on Saturday as Florida's Walt Disney World opened to the public for the first time in four months amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the state.
Within 16 hours after her tell-all confessional was posted, the 12-minute segment, which detailed her affair during marriage to Will, was viewed more than 12 million times.
Get a sneak peek at all the new iOS 14 features like widgets, App Clips and picture-in-picture by taking part in the public beta. Here's how to get iOS 14 on...
After the huge critical and commercial success of The Last of Us 2, what does developer Naughty Dog have planned next?
Auction house estimates a "single digit" number of this sealed variant still exist.
The beleaguered banking giant has had a tough time lately. Here's what it needs to catch a break.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation included federally-funded unemployment benefit expansions to address the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
There will be no free Slurpees at 7-Elevens on Saturday — July 11 — as the summer promotion was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, the recently identified remains of nine victims were reburied in a memorial cemetery and center just outside the town in eastern Bosnia.
India's government has petitioned a state court to stop any of the Chinese companies whose 59 apps it recently banned from obtaining an injunction to block the order, according to two sources and the legal filing.
Police say they rescued men, women and children who had been held hostage at a long-troubled church near Johannesburg.
Ladakh is a place of high-altitude pastures, lonely herders and desolate moonscapes — and a byword for intractable geopolitical disputes.
Based on new findings, school-based transmission could be a manageable problem, particularly for elementary school aged-children who appear to be at the lowest risk of infection.
The Fix’s Eugene Scott analyzes President Trump’s falling support among suburban voters as some congressional Republicans start to distance themselves from h...
Republicans are scrambling to defend both of their Senate seats in Georgia as signs of trouble pile up for President Trump in the state.
Donald Trump has claimed that until he became US president “nobody ever heard” that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
Editor's note: This article quotes racist, homophobic and sexist language, much of which has not been censored.
“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump,” Bob Unanue said on Thursday at the White House. Critics said they would no longer use his products.
With rising Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations sending many states backward in their reopening plans, one health expert warns that if the US continues on its current path it will reach "one of the most unstable times in the history of our country."
Sen. Mitt Romney criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of Roger Stone, calling it “unprecedented, historic corruption.”
Updated: Following the notice that it had temporarily ceased trading on the Hong Kong Limited Stock Exchange, Leyou Technologies has confirmed that it's entered into an exclusive agreement with Tencent over a possible acquisition and privatisation. Original story: Leyou Technologies, the holding company that owns Warframe developer Digital Extremes and Gears Tactics developer Splash Damage, has stopped trading shares on the Hong Kong Limited stock exchange ahead of an announcement regarding a buyout. The notice (cheers, ResetEra) does not mention specifics, but Leyou has been looking to sell since last year, with iDreamsky and Sony being among the companies interested in adding it to their roster. According to a Bloomberg report, Tencent has also joined the gang and has entered an agreement with the holding company, though this does not guarantee that the deal will go through. With trading halted, however, and the "pending release of an announcement," it does seem likely that news of a buyout is imminent. It was halted this morning, but there's no word on when the announcement will actually appear. Tencent's reach is becoming increasing vast, with big stakes in the likes of Epic, Supercell, Fatshark, Funcom, Grinding Gear Games, Paradox Interactive and Riot, which it owns completely. It's also made investments in PUBG's Bluehole, Ubisoft, Activison and Frontier.
At this rate, Ubisoft isn't going to have any surprises left to show off this weekend—yes, it's time for another leak. Today it's Far Cry 6, which just appeared on the Hong Kong PlayStation Store. The page itself has been taken down, but you can still see it in the list of upcoming PS4 games (Scratch that, it's gone too). And, of course, it's already been screencapped and shared for posterity on Twitter.
Nimbus Data launched its 100TB ExaDrive DC100 a little over two years ago and it remains the largest capacity solid state drive on the planet. It's also the most expensive—while not revealed at the time, Nimbus Data has finally let the public in on pricing, and sure enough it's expensive. As in, $40,000 kind of expensive (via TechRadar), which is a tick higher than the base price for a 2020 Lexus ES luxury sedan.That works out to $0.40 per gigabyte, or higher if calculating the cost based on actual usable space. You lose around 7 percent of advertised storage in Windows due to over-provisioning (reserved space for various features and firmware updates) and how storage space is calculated. In binary, a kilobyte is 1,024 bytes, but driver makers use whole numbers to keep things neat and tidy... and more attractive to buyers.If you don't want to crunch the numbers, there's a handy online calculator that coverts claimed capacity into recognized capacity. For a 100TB SSD, you're looking at roughly 93TB of usable space.No matter how you slice it, $40,000 is a lot of scratch for a single storage drive, even a 100TB model. To put it into perspective, take a 1TB Corsair Force MP600, the best SSD if you're looking for a PCIe 4.0 model. It costs $194.99 on Newegg, or less that $0.20 per gigabyte. Or if you want to go in the opposite direction, $40,000 is precisely what the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine charged for a single Ruby Rose cocktail during its 40th anniversary (it came with a 4-carat ruby, though).Nimbus Data also revealed pricing on its 50TB model, which offers a better bang-for-buck at $12,500. That works out to $250 per terabyte, versus $400 per terabyte on the 100TB model.
Snowrunner is getting stuck into a bit of archaeology next week. The cold, muddy sim is about to get its first big update, accompanied by the first season pass offering, sending hardy off-roading types in search of a downed World War 2 bomber plane. If you own the season pass or Snowrunner Premium Edition, you'll be able to head to a new Russian region, containing two snow maps, where you'll begin your archeological adventure. It's a nice change from lugging around cargo and helping lorries get unstuck. You'll also be able to get your hands on a pair of new vehicles and more skins, and you'll be able to start customising interiors. For those still making their way through the base game—it's pretty big—you'll still be able to enjoy some new stuff without shelling out for the DLC. Along with new missions, you'll get your hands extra modding tools that will help you create your own maps and cosmetic items for your vehicle's interior. Some of the DLC additions will be available to you, as well, but only while in a group with a friend who already owns it. Snowrunner Season 1: Search and Rescue is due out on July 15, and while you wait you can gawk at some fetching screenshots. For a game about going to war against mud and ice in big, squat vehicles, it sure is pretty.
There is a new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver available, and with it comes more than two dozen bug fixes, a new bug reporting tool, and optimizations for Disintegration.The integrated bug reporting tool appears to be in response to ongoing black screen issues that continue to plague some Radeon GPU owners. In light of complaints popping up on Reddit over the past several months, AMD had previously implored users to submit bug reports directly to the company. Then more recently, it began testing an integrated bug reporting tool in the Windows Insider program. That feature is now available to everyone."AMD will continue to monitor and investigate any new reports of black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay closely. Users are encouraged to use the new bug reporting tool for any issues they may encounter," AMD states in the 20.7.1 release notes.Before this driver release, the Radeon Software utility offered an option to report bugs to AMD, but invoking it would send users to AMD's website to both spell out the problem and input system specifications. The new integrated tool makes things easier by extracting the relevant specs, leaving the user to simply outline the problem. Whether this results in more stable releases and faster responses to issues remains to be seen.In the meantime, the 20.7.1 driver fixes squashes a whole bunch of bugs. They include:
Last year, Microsoft snatched up Double Fine, adding it to Xbox Game Studios' growing roster of developers. Whenever a big publisher gobbles up an indie developer, there are well-founded concerns about creative compromises and meddling, but in this case it's apparently the only reason Psychonauts 2 still has boss fights. Last year, Tim Schafer explained why the deal happened, saying that it saved Double Fine from having to pitch to lots of publishers, and that the money was pretty nice too. In a new interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Schafer goes into a bit more detail about the changes that are now possible. Before the acquisition, Double Fine was running out of cash and making cuts to Psychonauts 2, but partnering up with Xbox Game Studios meant it could put away its shears."With Psychonauts 2, we could see the end of our budget coming up, and so we had cut a lot of stuff," Schafer says. "We had cut our boss fights. Now we are able to put those back in, and we're like 'we think people would have noticed if we didn't have those boss fights.'"Schafer's now "looking forward to doing things for the right reasons," instead of moving onto part of a game too early or working on the art before the design is ready. Other than that, things are supposedly unchanged, just "without the terror of going out of business all the time." Other developers also share their experience, and the message Xbox Game Studios clearly wants to get across is that it lets its devs just get on with things, while supporting them with all that cash and plenty of resources. "The only really different aspect of my day-to-day is not having to be the guy getting the money from the publishers," says Obsidian boss Feargus Urquhart. "That has also changed how we approach development. A lot of times as an independent, how you develop games is dictated by the partner, because it's their money and they have a way they want you to make a game. It's been cool to apply those years of experience, and say 'hey, we can make the games the way we want to make them.'"The relationship is being pitched as the best of both worlds, though you'd hardly expect a developer who's getting a truckload of that Microsoft money to drop any critical comments into an interview that was set up by the publisher. It does sound like a better arrangement than a lot of studios have had to make in the past, however, and we'll get to see the products of these acquisitions soon. Psychonauts 2, Grounded and Wasteland 3 are all due out this year.
One of the greatest scenes in Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher is, of course, Henry Cavill soaking in the tub. PC Gamer's favourite meme reached new heights, and getting to see Cavill with his kit off was a nice bonus. It seems like he desperately needed that bath, too, because he had a penchant for purposefully getting utterly filthy. Chatting with Vanity Fair, Cavill detailed his journey from some regular dude who plays Superman into the witcher, which apparently involved rolling around in puddles to make Geralt look the right level of dirty. "The costumers were, towards the end, quite horrified with me," Cavill says. "Before takes I would look at myself and say, 'We need more dirt on me.' They´d come up to me with this tiny little—it's like a pair of tights rolled up into a ball, with some dust in, and they´d sort of pat it on me. And I´d say, 'Yeah, guys, that's not enough.' So I´d go stand out in the rain. Sometimes I´d roll around in puddles. I would just try and get as much of the world on me, so this character looked like he had lived within it."I'm just trying to imagine this big, buff dude in his ridiculous tight trousers and lovely flowing locks rolling around in the mud while costume designers look on with tears in their eyes—it's too good. Someone must have filmed it. I've got a socially distanced high five and a 2 litre bottle of Irn Bru I just bought with your name on it if you can provide me with this footage. He seems pretty dedicated to getting Geralt right, to the extent that he was willing to risk damaging his eyes by keeping in his witcher contact lenses. They were fine at first, apparently, but when filming started in the Canary Islands, the volcanic dust started irritating his eyes, which was exacerbated by the lenses. "I would literally have to go hide in the shade before each take, and then force my eyes to stay open for scenes because they were burning. I just thought I needed to toughen up a little bit."An eye technician eventually had to demand that he remove them, and he took a bit of prodding. Instead of worrying about his eyes, he was more concerned about looking different and putting off the other actors, somehow, which seems wild. You've gotta protect those peepers, man. The Witcher season 2 is set to restart production on August 17 after it was halted for several months due to the coronavirus. Netflix announced the return to work with a ditty from chatty bard Jaskier. Cheers, Eurogamer.
Romino Games' co-op dungeon crawler Blightbound will be coming to Steam Early Access on July 29. Publishers Devolver Digital announced the Early Access date alongside a gameplay trailer that was initially shown at the PC Gaming Show, showing Blightbound's bombastic brawls and hand-crafted dungeons. In Blightbound, three players are tasked with battling their way through a realm corrupted by an evil fog called The Blight, an unfortunate result of the death of a Shadow Titan. Players choose between a warrior, assassin, or mage, and must fight through blight-ridden lands, cleansing the world of the dark force. Your journey will be filled with plenty of monster-infested dungeons complete with loot to gather and puzzles to solve. You'll also be able to recruit heroes, adding them to your roster of available warriors. With 20 heroes to collect and hundreds of lootable items, you'll be able to craft the perfect character and synchronise better with the rest of your group. When released into Early Access, Blightbound will be sold at a 10 percent discount from its full launch price of $20 / £16. There's currently no word of when Romino Games will fully release Blightbound, but I hope it's soon because I can't get enough of its hand-drawn visuals. I'm getting major vibes of Darkest Dungeon mixed with Trine's cop-op.
The customizable News Hub added to Steam in March has been expanded ahead of its full rollout, with layout changes, updated hubs for individual games, a dedicated section for upcoming events, and the addition of a new "Featured" section that, for now, includes posts from the top 100 best-selling games on Steam.The most visible changes are in the menu bar on the left, previously "a long list of checkboxes," which now focuses on preset views for personalized news, upcoming events, and featured news from top sellers. There's also an option to search for specific games, and to select what sort of news you'll see—events, livestreams, content updates, that sort of thing—and from what sources.The section dedicated to upcoming events has been added to make it easier to stay on top of things that are going to happen, rather than just things that have already happened, but some upcoming events will continue to appear in the default feed as well. The featured section will also continue to be tweaked, Valve said, "to include popular events from a broader variety of games as well as hand-picked events that our curation team here at Valve selects to highlight."The overall layout of the News Hub has also been changed to be more accessible, and now includes links to each game's store and community page. "This also cleans up the individual news items in this view so you don't have to see the game name listed again on every single post," Valve said.Valve hasn't said when the News Hub will exit the Steam Labs and be fully integrated as a Steam feature, but it looks pretty well finished to me so I'd expect something to happen soon. Then again, we all know how much Valve loves to fiddle with things, so who knows? In the meantime, you can take it for a test drive yourself at steampowered.com.
From uncapped frames to Mouse and Keyboard support, Death Stranding on PC is a standout title that has incredible beauty in a dark dystopian future where humanity has been disconnected.You play as Sam Bridges as you reconnect America in hopes to restore what was lost to the past from the original Death Stranding event. Along your journey, you´ll witness beautiful vistas, rocky volcanic beds, grasslands, snow-capped mountains, and more.You´ll meet people that have been disconnected from society. Some of them will resist reconnecting to society, some of them will be surprised to see you.As you reconnect people, you expand the chiral network, allowing more infrastructure to be rebuilt throughout your gameplay. You also acquire new and upgraded tools that expand the sandbox of options for deliveries, dealing with BTs (Beach Things), and avoiding the archaic MULE´s.The PC version fully supports Mouse and Keyboard controls and complements the gameplay experience wonderfully. You get deeper graphical controls, including ultra-wide monitor support, and a new photo mode to capture unique moments during your journey.Pre-Order DEATH STRANDING to receive free bonus content including a digital art book, the DEATH STRANDING Original Score digital soundtrack, and additional cosmetic items including Chiral Gold and Omni reflector colored Bridges Caps, Ludens Mask sunglasses and many more!Death Stranding is officially out on Steam and the Epic store, July 14th.
New World, the fantasy MMO from Amazon, has been delayed again. The game had been set to come out on August 25 but the studio announced today that, based on feedback received from alpha testers, it has decided to push the release into the spring of 2021."We want to ensure that the most dedicated players have plenty of middle and endgame experiences as they venture through Aeternum. We want our players to feel completely immersed in the game, and know that our studio stands for quality and lasting gameplay you can trust—and that means added time to get things where we want them before we fully release," studio director Rich Lawrence wrote."As a result, we will be changing our launch date—and correspondingly, our final beta test—to spring 2021. We don't make the decision lightly, and we have urgency about getting the game to you as quickly as possible at the best quality—with some additions that will make the experience even better."Instead of a full release, alpha testers, and people who have pre-purchased New World or signed up for the beta, will be given the chance to play the full game as it stands on August 25, "for a limited period of time." It's not clear whether everyone who signs up for the beta will be invited or only a limited number, but eligible participants will provided instructions on how to take part via email.This is actually the second time that New World has been delayed. It was originally slated to launch in May 2020, but in April the release was pushed to August because of development slowdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It's also the second big walkback for Amazon Games: On July 1 it "un-released" its PvP shooter Crucible and returned it to closed beta testing.
The Witcher season 2 is going back into production soon, but with delays from COVID-19 it feels like it's going to be a long wait for the show to return to Netflix. Modders, meanwhile, are putting the Netflix cast back to work before the show itself resumes. A new mod released this week, Netflix Triss Merigold, remodels The Witcher 3's Triss after actor Anna Shaffer. It's a surprisingly good likeness for a mod.Shaffer looks quite different from CD Projekt Red's interpretation of Triss, which was apparently a small controversy when the show came out. You can see some of that whining echoed in the mod's comments, but there's also praise. "I think this is the best face texture mod I've ever seen for this game, absolutely amazing," wrote one user.
Epic Games announced yesterday that Sony has invested $250 million in the company (pending regulatory approval, of course), a move that it said would open the door to greater collaboration between the two companies in videogames and beyond. It also opened the door to some expressions of suspicion, on Reddit and elsewhere, that the deal was somehow connected to the Epic CEO's effusive praise of the PlayStation 5 when it was announced earlier this year.One of the PlayStation 5's biggest selling points is its fast SSD storage: We called it a potential "secret weapon" when the PS5's otherwise underwhelming specs were revealed in March, and Sweeney seemed even more enthusiastic about it during the Unreal Engine 5 tech demo in May. He described the PS5's storage technology as "god-tier," and said that its speed will enable levels of graphical fidelity that conventional hard drives simply can't keep up with.The timing of the investment has some people wondering if he was playing up the PlayStation 5 so much in order to encourage Sony's investment, but Sweeney said in response to one such suggestion on Twitter that serious talks with Sony didn't begin until after the Unreal Engine 5 demonstration.
Cells infected with the new coronavirus grow stringy, tentacle-like arms that act like bridges, allowing the virus to invade other cells.
The race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is heating up globally and right here in our area. In Seattle, we’ve got a lot of companies and volunteers doing their part to try and help. “It’s been 16 weeks since I had the first dose," said Jennifer Haller of Ballard. "I feel fantastic. " On March 16, Haller, a 43-year-old a tech startup operations manager, became the first person in the country to get injected with the experimental COVID-19 vaccine.
The Oregon Health Authority is asking Oregonians not to host or attend indoor social gatherings with 10 or more people, as the state sees aspike in coronavirus cases. They add social gatherings are driving the increases in cases, not business reopenings. While a lot of cases in Thursday's big report came from rural counties, most of those reported in the record-breaking number on Thursday came from Multnomah County.
Is coronavirus airborne? How is coronavirus spread? The WHO expanded its guidance to include information on airborne transmission.
Astronomers have discovered a vast assemblage of galaxies hidden behind our own, in the “zone of avoidance.”
You may have heard about Planet Nine—a hypothetical planet thought to exist in the outer reaches of the solar system. One possibility is that it’s not a planet at all but a tiny black hole. New research outlines a potential strategy for detecting this supposed black hole, in a search that could begin as early as next year.
A photographer in Italy captured the image of a lifetime when he snapped a picture showing two astronomical phenomena, including a streaking comet and "night-shining" clouds.
As Loeffler doubles down on her anti-Black Lives Matter stance, the WNBPA is meeting with the league to address her role as an owner.
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Eminem had a few harsh words for people who refuse to wear a face covering or mask.
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Back at CES, Klipsch revealed several true wireless models, including the high-end AI-powered (and super tiny) T10. You’ll have to wait a bit longer on those, and the noise-cancelling version of the T5, but today the company is announcing that a few of its new models will ship in “early August.” The T5 II is a completely revamped successor to the T5 that debuted in 2019.
Ubisoft teaser confirms 'Far Cry 6' leak.
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Starbucks will require customers in the U.S. to wear masks at company-operated stores starting next week, a decision that comes as new coronavirus cases rise sharply in parts of the country.
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Ghislaine Maxwell, the confidant of accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, argued in a court filing Friday that she should be granted bail while awaiting trial, claiming she wasn't in "hiding" while under criminal investigation, as prosecutors allege, and hasn't left the country in more than a year.
President Trump on Friday said he was “looking at” a pardon for longtime GOP operative Roger Stone, who is slated to report to prison for more than three years on Monday, saying he was treated “unfairly.”
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For many theatre nerds and pop culture junkies, actor Naya Rivera is a true icon thanks to her time on 'Glee.' So when she went missing in California on July 7, 2020, fans were heartbroken. As we wait for more information about her disappearance, let's take a look back at her early career.
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As rescue efforts remain ongoing for Naya Rivera, who disappeared on July 8, 2020, after renting a pontoon boat for an outing with four-year-old son Josey Hollis Dorsey at Lake Piru, their bond has come to the forefront. This was Naya Rivera's final message on social media before she went missing.
At one point, it seemed like the whole world was talking about the fact that Kylie Jenner and her longtime BFF Jordyn Woods had a major falling out, leaving the former friends to part ways in a super public way. Here's why they aren't friends anymore.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's love story is one for the ages. After hitting it off as friends on the set of That '70s Show in 1998, they continued to reunite on-screen, and their relationship turned romantic in 2012. But here's the real reason Mila Kunis won't act with Ashton Kutcher anymore.
Naya Rivera and Heather Morris played the iconic cheerleading couple known as Brittana on the hit series Glee, but the stars also shared a strong bond in real life. This is the truth about their friendship.
After 'Glee' alum Naya Rivera was declared missing on July 8, 2020, singer Demi Lovato took to Twitter to wish for her safe return. Although it's not clear whether the two had spoken in recent years, it's evident they were friends back when Lovato guest-starred on 'Glee' in 2013.
'Glee' alum Naya Rivera was declared missing on July 8, 2020, after she disappeared during an outing with her young son, Josey, at Lake Piru in California. As fans wait for more information about Rivera, there is renewed interest in her relationships, including the link she had to David Spade.
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The Metroid series was changed thanks to a mistranslation performed in its infancy.
There's something oddly satisfying about watching poor quality alien movies or at least trying to find redeeming qualities in them. So let's look back on some of the most hated alien movies that we kind of, sort of, maybe like a little bit — in other words, our guilty pleasures.
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Horror fans, there's a new fright-filled flick you'll want to get into: Relic, set for release on July 10. The film is from co-writer and director Natalie Erika James, who opened up to Looper about working with the Russo Brothers, whose AGBO banner was one of the production companies behind Relic.
To celebrate Naya Rivera's talent and career, we've rounded up some of her most essential and underappreciated moments throughout Glee, from her very first solo number to some of her most triumphant turns. Here are just a few of the most underrated Naya Rivera moments on Glee.
The Old Guard is surprisingly subtle, and while these details add texture to its fantastic world, they're not necessary for understanding the plot. Watch the movie first, and see how much you notice on your own. Then, once you're immune to spoilers, come back and see what you missed.
Talented and versatile actress Naya Rivera has been in the news of late for the most tragic of reasons. If you're wanting to explore Rivera's filmography outside of her signature role of Santana Lopez on Glee, we suggest that there's one feature in particular that showcases the depth of her range.
Unsolved Mysteries is back. But what is it that makes this series so unique? And has it actually helped to solve any crimes? Well, here's everything long-time fans and newcomers alike may want to find out about Unsolved Mysteries.
Ruby Rose's departure from Batwoman opened up an intriguing casting door, and now out bisexual Black actor Javicia Leslie has walked through it. How do fans and costars feel about her arrival and taking up of the cape and cowl? We have your answers.
World of Warcraft will be dropping the $15/£13 charge to change your character's gender in the upcoming Shadowlands expansion.Despite being able to change pretty much every other aspect of your physical appearance at the barbershop for a small amount of in-game currency relative to your character's level, the only way to change your character's gender is to pay $15/£13 through Battle.net. If you change your mind later on, you have to pay the full price once again.That's set to change in Shadowlands though, as executive producer John Hight told Eurogamer that requiring players to pay to change their gender was "not the right message" Blizzard wanted to put out. Especially when you can change everything from skin colour to facial features in-game already. Instead, gender will become another feature you can adjust in the barbershop.The news comes after players discovered an NPC in Shadowlands called Pelagos, who many consider to be the first canonically transgender character in World of Warcraft. The character was spotted after Blizzard put out a statement explaining why his in-game pronouns were changing to he/his from they/them, following feedback that argued the use of neutral pronouns for a trans man character felt noncommittal to a vital piece of representation.MMOs have always been ways for people to explore their identities in a safe way, so offering this feature for free is a great way of encouraging that further. Blizzard still has a very long way to go with LGBTQ+ representation, but this is a nice step in the right direction.Shadowlands is set to launch later this year, although an open beta is set to start next week. The beta is said to be "feature complete" and will let you level all the way up to the cap, although Hight suggests the ability to change gender will come slightly later on.
A new Thursday is upon us, this one delivering not one, not two, but three—three!— free games from the Epic Games Store. The headliner this week is Killing Floor 2, the co-op FPS about massacring endless waves of zombies—called Zeds in this particular undead setting—who are rampaging across Europe.KF2 has actually been out for several years now—it debuted in Early Access in 2015—but Tripwire Interactive has been actively updating it with new weapons, enemies, maps, and events throughout. There's still a solid base of players on Steam, and crossplay between the Epic and Steam releases will be supported, so newcomers will be able to hop into the action with the existing crew of Zed-killers.Also up this week is Lifeless Planet, an exploration-adventure about an international team of astronauts that crash-lands on a distant planet and discovers a small Russian town. Weird, right? The second half of the game doesn't support the promise of the first, but the setting is like a Golden Age sci-fi novel cover come to life and that's good enough for me.And finally, we have The Escapists 2, a game about living in—and, more to the point, busting out of—the toughest prisons in the world. It was actually supposed to be free a few weeks ago, but something went wrong with the Epic Games Store release, so here it is now.Killing Floor 2, Lifeless Planet, and The Escapists 2 are free on the Epic Games Store until July 16, when Runic's hit action-RPG Torchlight 2 will take their place on the freebie block. For more free stuff, be sure to keep an eye on our running list of all the free games you can grab right now.
Half-Life: Alyx – Final Hours, Geoff Keighley's "multimedia experience" on the making of Valve's big VR shooter, is now live on Steam. The documentary promises "an unprecedented and unvarnished look at the past decade inside Valve," including a look at multiple cancelled projects—one of them actually named Half-Life 3—plus concept art from Alyx and interactive features including a "Valve Time" timeline and a headcrab SFX mixer.The big eye-catcher is that a full-on Half-Life 3 was in development, briefly, between 2013-14. Valve wanted to blend procedural generation with "crafted experience" to make it more replayable, an idea inspired in part by Left 4 Dead. It was ultimately halted, though, because the Source 2 engine it was initially created in wasn't finished. A couple of Half-Life-themed VR projects, including one that sounds rather like the Episode 3 synopsis that former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw shared a few years ago, were also toyed with but ultimately cancelled, according to an IGN report on the documentary, which says that at least five Half-Life projects were proposed and dropped between Episde 2 and Alyx.Other cancelled projects include an open-world go at Left 4 Dead 3, an Elder Scrolls/Dark Souls-inspired RPG codenamed "RPG," a Minecraft-style voxel game, and "Vader," Valve's original VR headset design, which the developers estimated would have sold for around $5000 each.Most of the team wants to make a new, full Half-Life, but there's some doubt about whether Valve wants to take on a project of that magnitude, or if it's going to continue to focus on VR for the forseeable future. But the possibility is at least on the table. "The ice has been broken, now we're hoping to smash through the ice completely," Valve's Phil Co says. "We're not afraid of Half-Life no more."Half-Life: Alyx – Final Hours is available now for $10/£7/€8 on Steam, and to be clear it does not require a VR headset.
In late 2018, the US Army put together its own esports team as part of a marketing push to encourage young people to consider a career in the military. As part of that effort, the Army also recently launched its own official Twitch channel to "share the Army's passion for gaming, showcase competitions, and connect with our viewers."But as reported by Vice, its big PR push has recently run into some issues with the Twitch community. During a Call of Duty: Warzone stream last night, players began asking about war crimes committed by the Army—inquiries that were quickly deleted by moderators.The heightened interest in the Army's esports activities was spurred at least in part by a recent Twitter conversation between its esports team and Discord. The exchange concluded with the Army tweeting "UwU" which a large number of viewers found to be in bad taste, given the source.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain, the sequel to the very-oddly-named psychological horror game Remothered: Tormented Fathers, is going to take a little longer than expected to arrive. Publisher Modus Games said in June at the Future Games Show that it would be out on August 25, but announced today that it's been pushed back to October 20.A specific reason for the delay wasn't given. "After much consideration, we have reached a decision with Darril Arts and Stormind Games to delay Remothered: Broken Porcelain's release to October 20th this year," said Modus."We are incredibly excited to invite you into this wonderfully realized chapter of the Remothered story, but it´s important that we deliver the experience you deserve. Having additional time for polish and to accommodate unanticipated longer timeframes due to the current global situation will help us do exactly that."This also means that you´ll be able to explore the Ashmann Inn for the very first time during the spookiest time of the year, Halloween!"Remothered: Broken Porcelain tells the tale of a young woman attempting to escape the supernatural forces within the Ashmann Inn, a place of mysteries, secrets, and danger. The Steam listing promises "realistic survival horror" and "intense stealth gameplay," with puzzles to solve, expanded lore to discover, and "new gameplay and storytelling elements." And while it's a sequel, Modus said it's also "the perfect entry point for new fans discovering the franchise." To learn more about the game, hit up remothered.com.
After nine months in alpha, Microsoft Flight Simulator will graduate to a closed beta on July 30. Access to the beta follows the same rules as the alpha: you'll need to sign up to the Xbox Insider Program in order to have a chance to receive an invite, though thankfully it's free. Everyone with current access to the alpha will automatically gain access to the forthcoming beta.If you've been biting your nails awaiting access to the alpha, check your inbox – a new wave of invitations were sent out today. Finally, for those lucky enough to have access to the current closed alpha, Asobo Studios rolled out a new version with a wide range of tweaks and fixes. Chief among the improvements are "polish and tuning" to all planes, though most of the changes are fairly iterative and won't excite anyone except the lucky few in the alpha. See the full notes here.Microsoft Flight Simulator is still officially scheduled to release in 2020.
Quake Champions is still kicking on, long after the predicted arena shooter revival failed to eventuate. Its latest update looks like a meaty one: it introduces a new map, a handful of new weapon skins, and a swathe of tweaks and fixes.The new map is called the Tower of Koth. It's a "Ithagnal-themed" map that's playable in a bunch of modes including Team Deathmatch and Instagib. "Rising from its viridian morass," the description reads, "a row of skyward teeth speak to the chosen a singular truth: come to know this key and you will open any lock."There's some new Season 7 Battle Pass rewards, too in the form of weapon skins based on Quake 4 weapons:
Orange County has seen a 9.4% increase in hospitalizations over the last 3 days. It's been a trend for the last couple of weeks.
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The expansion side is the second team to withdraw from the tournament due to positive tests
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San Diego Comic-Con is happening this year, but the entire convention will be virtual with panels happening on YouTube. While Amazon, HBO, FX, and Hulu gear up to go, it’s less clear if Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios are heading out.
CCTV has captured what could be the last known footage of actress Naya Rivera arriving at Lake Piru. The 'Glee' star can be seen parking her car, getting her...
After a leak from Japan's FCC, Google decided to show off the new Nest smart speaker in a stylish promo picture.
On Thursday, we got a purported first look at Samsung’s latest truly wireless earbuds, although deciding to call them anything but bean buds is a huge missed opportunity if you ask me.
Sony has invested $250 million for a minority stake in Fortnite maker Epic Games, the companies announced today. Epic's games will stay cross-platform.
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. RETAIL:— Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close about 200 stores over the next two years as its sales slid in the first quarter. The chain reported its quarterly sales dropped 49% due to temporary store closures amid the pandemic. Online sales soared 82%.
The pandemic is speeding meatpackers’ shift from human meat cutters to automated ones, but machines can’t yet match people’s ability. While meat processing overall has grown safer in recent years, it remains one of the more hazardous jobs in the U.S. economy.
Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Friday on worries economic recoveries might fade as coronavirus cases increase in the United States and some...
Many jobless Georgians are still waiting for unemployment benefit payments amid historic coronavirus-triggered flood of claims.
Election officials in Georgia are working to add voting locations, hire poll workers and correct technical challenges before this year's runoffs and presidential elections.
One of South Korea's most prominent elected officials and longtime mayor of the capital Seoul was found dead on Friday after he was reported missing by his daughter amid a criminal probe and media reports of alleged sexual harassment.
"I’ll sign exactly what you want me to sign, so I don’t have to go back to jail," Cohen whined to the lawmen who proceeded to chain him and take him into their custody.
Newly-released audio from the internal investigation into Breonna Taylor's death illustrates conflicting accounts of whether police identified themselves before ultimately breaking down Taylor's door in an incident which led to her death.
Florida reported 120 coronavirus-related deaths Thursday, a record daily high for the Sunshine State since the pandemic began.
I.C.U. units are reaching capacity. Nurses are falling sick, contributing to shortages. The new coronavirus spikes are challenging hospitals across the United States.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that a second round of stimulus checks should be included in a new coronavirus relief package -- that will hopefully be enacted by the end of the month.
"The Five" co-host Juan Williams declared Thursday's Supreme Court ruling blocking immediate congressional access to President Trump's tax returns to be a "short-term" victory for the president and his reelection efforts.
EA Sports is about to announce the first ratings for Madden NFL 21--check out a teaser now while you wait.
The director of the original Street Fighter has reflected on where the idea for Street Fighter came from--he was bored in a meeting and thinking about another game.
Original star Fred Savage is coming back to direct some episodes of the new show set in the '60s.
WayForward's scrolling beat-em-up is coming back for another round, the developer has announced, and it won't just be DLC for the first game.
Here's where to find all 50 Eyes of Savathun across the solar system to complete your Ruinous Effigy catalyst and amp up the Exotic trace rifle's power.
Netflix pulls the plug on the magical show.
The Spider-Man actor gets a mouth swab as he prepares to start filming something--but is it the Uncharted movie?
You can play Vigor on Switch now, as long as you grab the time-limited Founder's Pack.
Season 8 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is currently being planned, and Samberg has talked about the difficulties of making "a comedy show about police" right now.
Two executives from CD Projekt Red talk about diversity and say Cyberpunk 2077 will offer "mature" stories.
The Elderflame line is Valorant's first "Ultra Edition" series of skins.
The Nimbus Exadrive has put a public price on the biggest SSD commercially available, and we definitely can't afford it.
One of the original creators of the NES has revealed some interesting facts about Nintendo during the production of their first home console.
Here's an 8 second video of a dog in a mo-cap suit jumping through the air to brighten your day.
The prequel to the main trilogy of games features all-new characters and expansive story.
Crash Bandicoot: On the Run takes the familiar character to a new platform, and we talk with creative lead Stephen Jarrett about the transition.
Power Rangers: The Ultimate Visual History is on sale for more than 50% off at Amazon.
Here is how you can complete Fortnite's swimming challenge at Dirty Docks before time expires.
With recent releases of Resident Evil 3 Remake, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, and more, Capcom isn't expecting it to stop.
Game director Ion Hazzikostas talks about the important reason why WoW is finally adding controller support.
Blizzard is making a huge change to how new players will become introduced to the MMO.
Ion Hazzikostas speaks about the "intense" few months of working on the game during lockdowns.
Xbox One controllers are discounted at Ebay, and you get the wonderful Ori and the Will of the Wisps with your purchase, too.
Learn more about upcoming sci-fi, fantasy, and animation during this year's SDCC event, Comic-Con@Home.
SDCC may be canceled, but the virtual event has plenty of panels and events to check out.
Sequels for Bloodstained and Deadly Premonition lead the way this week.
Keith Lee breaks Adam Cole's 403 day reign as NXT Champion, while being the first double-champ of the brand.
The virtual SDCC event will now have a Star Trek panel.
The small patch is now live in Modern Warfare and Warzone on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
PS5's game boxes will look quite similar to PS4, but with one notable change.
It's hard to argue with the fact that Eminem is one of the biggest, most successful rappers of all time. With that fame, however, come countless feuds - mostly due to the fact that Em will go after anyone that disses him. Here are some celebs who can't stand Eminem.
Riverdale has captivated audiences with its dark, sexy plot lines, which include everything from steamy sex scenes to brutal murders. With subject matter like that, you'd think the actors would need some juicy real-life drama to draw from — and this cast doesn't disappoint.
When Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend and alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested in July 2020, it put a new focus on her reported celebrity friends as older photos resurfaced -- including some with a certain former RHONY star. This is the truth about Carole Radziwill & Ghislaine Maxwell.
With massive success comes a devoted fanbase, but for Emma Watson, that exposure has seemingly been more overwhelming than expected. In fact, the actress no longer takes selfies with fans at all -- here's why.
Susan Boyle struck Britain's Got Talent's audience not only with her beautiful voice, but also her humble attitude. Despite gaining worldwide fame and cashing in enough for a cozy retirement, the grounded singer still lives pretty modestly. Here's what Susan Boyle really spends her money on.
In February 2020, actress Jennifer Grey and actor Clark Gregg guest starred on The Conners. The pair executed their roles with comedic precision, but did their on-screen split foreshadow their real-life break up?
You probably know exactly who Nikki Fre$h is without even realizing it. We'll give you a hint: It's actually Nicole Richie playing out her alter-ego, a gardening guru who's bringing some serious pizazz to the current state of the natural world on Quibi. Here's what you don't know about Nikki Fre$h.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany garners plenty of attention as President Trump's spokesperson. How does all the political drama affect her husband, pro baseball player Sean Gilmartin? You're about to find out.
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were BFFs for years, ever since they met on the set of Barney and Friends. But today, they're no longer pals. Find out what really happened between the two former Disney stars here.
Did you know there are a few jobs Dolly Parton has turned down over the years? Rumor has it that one of the most notable gigs that didn't panned out was hosting this beloved game show.
As Doom Patrol season 2 opens, Rita, played by April Bowlby, is doing her best to take the lessons she learned during season 1 and apply them to her life going forward. In an interview with Looper, Bowlby opened up about what Rita's journey on Doom Patrol season 2 will be like.
There are a lot of great action set pieces in Sniper: Assassin's End that director Kaare Andrews pulled off masterfully. While Andrews has said that the movie was a lot of fun to make, it had its challenges. Here's what it's really like to shoot an action movie like Sniper: Assassin's End.
On some occasions, a video game fails with such ferocity that it ends the development house that made it. Here are a few examples of video game flops that bankrupted studios.
If you ever need a new set of drapes or the protective services of an unstoppable killing machine, we've got a phone number for you. Eight months after the release of Terminator: Dark Fate, one intrepid viewer noticed a small detail in the film that apparently eluded literally everyone else.
As a fan of the first film you may think you know the whole story of The Kissing Booth, but there's so much more to it than meets the eye. Here's what you need to know about The Kissing Booth before you watch the sequel.
Though the eight Harry Potter movies did a great job bringing the beloved book series to the big screen, a whole lot had to be left out. These are the book characters who never made it into the movies at all, from Ron's erstwhile older brother Charlie to Voldemort's tragic mother Merope.
As one of the few characters on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. taken straight from the comics, Yo-Yo Rodriguez has a lot to live up to. Actress Natalia Cordova-Buckley tells us how she prepped for the role, as well as what influence the comics had on her performance.
There's a new Batwoman in town. As reported by Variety, the CW's Batwoman has found a new leading lady in the wake of former star Ruby Rose's abrupt exit after the show's first season.
If you want to know more about Aaron McGruder's animated masterpiece, here's the behind-the-scenes story of The Boondocks — the comic strip, the cartoon series, and its legacy.
When Netflix's Da 5 Bloods hit the streaming service on June 12, 2020, many viewers recognized troubled Vietnam veteran Melvin -- played by Isiah Whitlock Jr. -- but couldn't figure out exactly why. Here's why Melvin from Da 5 Bloods looks so familiar.
Here's your sad reminder that the Steam Summer Sale ends today. If you've been eyeing up a game and struggling to make your mind up, it's now or never. Or, rather, now or the autumn sale we'll inevitably get in just a few short months.This sale's been an odd one. Instead of bringing in a big new event or minigame, it simply brought us a load of deals and a new feature in the Steam Points store. There's also been an add-on sale that saw £5 off of your first purchase of £30 or over, which feels like a direct response to Epic Games Store's own voucher system that sees games regularly go for ridiculously low prices during seasonal sales.While these doesn't make up for the disappointing loss of the daily deals and flash sales we enjoyed a few years ago, it has felt nice to have a sale not be clogged up with a load of minigame nonsense at the same time. It's expected that any points you accrue in this sale will carry on past it, so don't worry about spending them straight away.As always, /r/GameDealsMeta has an excellent thread listing some of the best deals you may have missed. There's also SteamDB, which can help you find games that are above specific user ratings while also being on discounts worth bothering with, if you wanted to snap up the best deals.My personal highlight of the sale has easily been Supraland, a game that combines Portal's first-person physics-based puzzles with a Metroidvania-y style open-ended world to explore. I've been pouring almost all of my free time into it, and at £6.97 I can absolutely recommend it.The sale ends today (July 9, 2020) at 10AM PST (6PM BST).
Nvidia is now worth more than Intel, according to the NASDAQ. The GPU company has finally topped the CPU company's market cap (the total value of its outstanding shares) by $251bn to $248bn, meaning it is now technically worth more to its shareholders. Look at it this way: that's a lot of leather jackets for Jen-Hsun.That rise comes off the back of massive gains over the past year, during which its share value has increased by over 70%. That's quite something for the fabless company, not the least bit because it doesn't actually manufacture its own chips, but also because previous highs during the cryptocurrency boom, which were deemed by many to be unsustainable at the time, have been monumentally beaten.Nvidia's share price is now $408.64. That crushes a peak of $281 back in September 2018, before the shockwaves of the cryptocurrency mining boom brought Nvidia's stock price crashing back down. And this time its share price isn't intrinsically-tied to a flash in the pan mining movement.So what is it that has brokers bending over backwards for Nvidia stocks? All that data centre positioning and compute-focused technology CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, is always emphatically talking about is sure to have won over many to the green team's camp. However, it's also worth noting that market cap is entirely a measure of a company's perceived worth, and not how much money it generates. That's what revenue is a measure of—and Nvidia's $10.9bn barely holds a candle to Intel's $72bn total revenue in that regard.So this is as much a marker of Nvidia's expected performance going forward as to what it means for today, and there are a few potential explanations for why everyone's set their expectations so high (via Seeking Alpha).
CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński and CD Projekt Red studio head Adam Badowski have given an interview discussing the studio's approach to inclusion and diversity at the publisher.The interview, originally given in Polish to Rzeczpospolita Daily, was translated into English for the CDP website. In it, interviewer Katarzyna Kucharczyk probes Kiciński and Badowski about how the company comes across as more vocal on diversity and injustice than other companies in the increasingly-conservative Poland.While the interview uncritically presents CDP as a big company that just loves diversity (CD Projekt became Europe's largest gaming company in May, overtaking Ubisoft), there are still a few interesting statements from both Kiciński and Badowski regarding their approach to inclusion at the studio and how it tackles the themes of its games.When asked about CDP's action in making the studio more diverse and inclusive, Kiciński claims that the company prides itself on its diversity, before following it up with a caveat. "We also realize that efficient operation requires active measures promoting mutual respect and tolerance". While this could optimistically be read as Kiciński saying diversity is something that should actively be worked towards, a later statement by Badowski instead paints an image of it simply meaning diversity and inclusion shouldn't rock the boat.Talking about the importance of tolerance in the creative process, Badowski discusses how some at the studio believe in a definition of tolerance as "the capacity to respect other people's needs and opinions which we ourselves do not espouse, and to refrain from combating phenomena which we regard as evil. Others are more in line with Popper´s proposition that a tolerant society, if it is to remain tolerant, must not tolerate intolerance. There are also people at our studio who disagree with both views." While Badowski himself doesn't say which definition he ascribes to, he does say "The key takeaway is that diversity... and the differing sensitivities and outlooks which result from it, must not lead to conflict. In this way our team´s energy can be fully directed towards creation."It's worth mentioning that, over the years, CD Projekt has had numerous allegations a toxic workplace culture full of crunch and bullying. In that context, a studio heard saying his workers don't believe in "combating phenomena which we regard as evil" explains a lot more about CD Projekt as a company than Badowski may have intended it to.More weirdness is found later in the interview, when Kiciński goes on a random tangent about how California is an "excellent example of how openness, respect and tolerance foster innovative businesses and stimulate the economy". Silicon Valley infamously suffers from a diversity problem, fuelled in part by bias hiring practices (as of 2019, only 6% of Apple's employees were Black, and only 23% of Facebook's workforce were women) and gentrification in the area pricing out those from unprivileged groups.Kiciński even seems to imply that sexism isn't as big an issue in gaming as it is elsewhere, stating that "in the 20th century the superb writer Andre Norton (born Alice Mary Norton) chose to publish under a male pseudonym because her publisher believed that the masculinized readership demographic would not take interest in fantasy authored by a woman. There is no such issue with videogames". While he is technically correct, games are almost always published under studio and publisher names, rather than by an individual who would need to use a pseudonym, and so isn't a fair comparison. It also completely ignores how women in the industry have once again had to speak out publicly about the harassment they've been subjected to while working in the games industry—women may not have to work under a pseudonym, but they're still getting harassed and assaulted.All in all, this whole interview paints a very bleak image of CD Projekt. The studio is making a cyberpunk game, a hugely political genre about the terminal nature of unrestrained capitalism, and the the studio head is here saying tolerance is about "not combating phenomena which we regard as evil". Cyberpunk 2077 will probably be a technical achievement and impressive bit of development, but this interview has all but killed my faith in it actually tackling the core politics of its genre.
Starting today, buying an Nvidia RTX GPU will net you a free copy of Death Stranding. One of the latest videogames to support Nvidia's DLSS 2.0 upscaling technology, Death Stranding will launch on PC on July 14, 2020, and you could be there free-of-charge with any eligible GPU purchase.In order to qualify, you'll need to purchase of the following RTX 20-series GPUs—either as a standalone graphics card or within a desktop or laptop—before July 29, 2020:
Let's get the obvious out of the way—the new RT-AX89X gaming router from Asus looks like a headcrab. Or maybe a high-tech bear trap. Whatever the comparison, it's on the funky side of router design, though that's starting to become par for course at Asus (see the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 or RT-AC5300). It's a menacing design for sure, and also built to handle high-speed networks with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless connectivity, dual 10G ports, eight gigabit LAN ports, and a pair of USB 3.1 ports.Any of those features are selling points on their one, and the Asus RT-AX89X offers them all. Perhaps most intriguing from a future-proofing perspective (as much as such a thing is possible, anyway) are the dual 10G ports."The RT-AX89X comes with two 10G ports, one Base-T and SFP+ port, which means both fiber and copper 10G connections are supported. Capture ISP advertised speeds or use your own 10G LAN network between PCs and NAS," Asus explains.It's worth noting that some of the best motherboards for Intel's Comet Lake CPUs and AMD's Ryzen processors come with 10G ports. And not a moment too soon—it seems we have been stuck on 1Gbps LAN connections for far too long.Beyond all the wired goodness, the RT-AX89X is a dual-band router serving up speeds of up to 4,804Mbps on the 5GHz band and up to 1,300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. It also sports eight external antennas.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's new anti-cheat system has been introduced in the game's latest update, but its rollout has been anything but smooth.Trusted Mode blocks the vast majority of external processes from interacting with the game, requiring players to close any offending programs and restart CS:GO before access will be granted. While trusted mode can be disabled through adding "-untrusted" to the game's launch options in Steam, doing so will not only prevent you from accessing any VAC-enabled servers, it also reduces your trust factor, which in turn impacts on how matchmaking works.Unofficial game modes, such as those downloaded through and run on community servers, may need to be run with trusted mode disabled in order to even work. Considering community servers and custom game modes have been at the heart of Counter-Strike since forever, this is an absolutely bizarre decision.Even worse, ordinary players are reporting that software such as OBS, Discord, Spotify and Nvidia Game Filter are falling foul of Trusted Mode, despite having no impact on the game itself. Another problem is that the game doesn't actually tell you which process is triggering trusted mode, meaning players are finding themselves barred from the game with no idea why.If players manage to get through to a match, they are also reporting large performance decreases. A precise cause for this hasn't been determined yet, although some are reporting closing other programs (that didn't get caught by Trusted Mode) rectified the issue.Unfortunately, there isn't anything individual players can do to get their favourite programs working with CS:GO again aside from disabling trusted mode entirely and suffering the consequences. It is up to the software's developer to ensure their files are "digitally signed with an Authenticode signature" in order to comply with the new system, and even then, Valve says it maintains the right to block any signed code that "interferes with the game in any way".Valve is yet to release any statement regarding the issues players have been facing since the update launched.
Landfall has announced a new road map for its chaotic historical sandbox Totally Accurate Battle Simulator outlining that they hope to release the full game later this year. In its new roadmap, Landfall says that it's aiming to release TABS around October to December.Players have been mucking around with slapstick physics-based battles of TABS since it launched into Steam Early Access in April 2019. Landfall planned to release earlier this year, around August or September, but in this new roadmap the studio has planned for a later release date. Alongside a full release in Q4, the roadmap outlines the future of TABS for the rest of 2020 and into 2021. Plans include a secret update in Q3 with some "long-anticipated units and maybe the return of a revamped beloved map" and a unit creator. For 2021, a new hero unit will be released alongside console releases, localisation, twitch integration and other post-release content. At the end of the roadmap, posted on Reddit, Landfall says that any of the dates detailed could be changed for the well-being of the studio. "Game development is hard to estimate as many unforeseen things can happen," it says. "We are committed to not crunching as we believe it damages both the game and the developers working on it, we want to bring you the best game possible and be healthy at the same time."You can get the Early Access version of Totally Accurate Battle Simulator in the Steam Summer Sale for 30% off before the sale ends today. Go check out Chris's TABS preview (that doubles as a silly gif showcase) if you want to see who would win between an Arthurian king versus a hundred persistent hobbits.
Dear Villagers and Modern Storyteller have released an extended look at their upcoming time-looping game The Forgotten City, and it looks very promising indeed.Set in an ancient Roman city, players will have to investigate and interact with a cast of 22 people to determine who's planning to commit a crime. The catch, though, is that if one person commits any sin, a mysterious entity will kill everybody in the city by turning them into solid gold. By using the time loop, you'll have to piece together what is going on, avoid gold-plated retribution, and hopefully catch the would-be criminal before they have the chance to put everyone else in danger.In some respects, The Forgotten City looks incredibly janky. The trailer probably isn't the best showing possible, with a spotty framerate and stiff animations giving it a weirdly Oblivion-y feel, but that doesn't take away from the writing on display.The game is an adaptation of a Skyrim mod that became the first mod to ever win an award by the Australian Writers' Guild for its script, and it really shows. The sense of world-building on display in just this 10 minute excerpt is ridiculous, and I'm already thoroughly invested in the goings on of the city.The Forgotten City is scheduled for launch sometime this winter on Steam and Xbox One.
In addition to announcing a new bundle offer (buy a GeForce RTX graphics card and get Death Stranding for free), Nvidia today has begun rolling out an updated "Game Ready" GPU driver (v451.67) that is optimized for several games. They include Death Stranding, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and F1 2020.All three games are landing on PC in the near future. F1 2020 will be the first one to cross the PC finish line, as it arrives on July 10, followed by Death Stranding on July 14, then Horizon: Zero Dawn on August 7.Out of those three, Death Stranding is confirmed to arrive with support for DLSS 2.0."Death Stranding already has the reputation of being a visual stunner, but Nvidia DLSS 2.0 helps make the PC debut something special. The extra performance NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 delivers in Death Stranding allows gamers to unlock the vast graphical potential of the PC platform by increasing the graphics settings and resolution, delivering on the vision we have for the game," said Kojima Productions CTO Akio Sakamoto.The 451.67 driver release also adds a few more G-Sync Compatible monitors to the mix, those being Dell's S2721HGF and S2721DGF, and Lenovo's G25-10.
Dictatorship-driven city sim Tropico 6 is free to play this weekend, to celebrate the launch of its new Lobbyistico DLC.The full base game will be free to play on Steam from today until Sunday, July 12. As is customary for free weekend events, we can probably expect there to be some sort of discount on it and the other two already-released DLCs, Spitter and The Llama of Wall Street. Right now, it's 40 percent off in the Steam Summer Sale, but this is the final day. Along with the impending free weekend, the Lobbyistico DLC, which introduces faction leaders and a new corruption system into the delicate political ecosystem of Tropico island, has also launched. Lobbyists can unlock new perks for the island, but also introduce corruption that, if left unchecked, will have a negative impact on your people. For a series all about running a dictatorship, it's curious we got to Tropico 6 before corruption became a formal game mechanic, but hopefully it adds another layer of important decision-making to running your autocracy.Lobbyistico is available now, while Tropico 6 will be free to play later today.
American Truck Simulator's latest DLC is going to make it more worth your time to explore, thanks to the introduction of an experimental new 'Viewpoints' feature.In a blog post, SCS Software outlined the new feature, which will provide sweeping shots of areas of "economical and historical importance". Right now it's just going to be limited to the upcoming Idaho DLC, which means areas such as capital city Boise will get viewpoints first. Should players respond well to the inclusion, though, it's likely the feature will be even further expanded to include viewpoints across the entire of the US, and with greater detail.While at the moment they are just a series of cutscenes panning over specific areas SCS' long-term goal is to turn the viewpoints feature into something of an educational tool. They'll provide snippets of information on the importance and history of the areas you usually drive through without a second glance. It may also become something of an overarching goal for the game, as previously-visited viewpoints will be listed, giving a gotta-view-'em-all feel to the mechanic.It's features like this that make me love simulator games. In no other genre could a cinematic look at Boise, Idaho be something to get excited about, and yet here we are doing just that. I really hope it's a feature the community appreciates, as I can imagine it turning the game into something that appeals even greater to both the hardcore driving fans and those who like to just aimlessly wander down an American highway.American Truck Simulator's Idaho DLC is due to launch later this month.
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