Like clockwork, we are back with another roundup of the very best gaming deals that have made themselves known throughout the course of the week. As usual, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let’s get started. UK & US Deals Humble’s brand new, genre-spanning bundle is the Humble ‘Classics Return’ Bundle, which features a variety of fan favourites returning from the dead. These include Broken Sword, Tex Murphy, Wasteland 2 and more. Here’s what the whole bundle looks like: Pay what you want: Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Shadowrun Returns Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure Pay more than the average: Shadowrun Hong Kong Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut Age of Wonders 3 Xenonauts Pay $15 (around £11) or more Torment: Tides of Numenera Dreamfall Chapters: The Final Cut Edition … [Read more...] about This week’s best gaming deals: Surface Pro discounts, Yakuza Kiwami, Titanfall 2, and more
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We've come to expect copious amounts of violence and nudity on premium TV these days thanks to shows like Game of Thrones, but Altered Carbon takes it to a whole new level. It can feel a little excessive, especially in the first few episodes. But the further you get into Altered Carbon, the more you realize how smart the show actually is--how effectively it gets across its themes and ideas, often by showing rather than telling. It makes you wonder: Why is there so much nudity and violence in Altered Carbon? The Netflix show's writer, executive producer, and showrunner, Laeta Kalogridis, has a very good answer. "There's a lot of bravery on the part of our cast, male and female, and a lot of commitment in trying to get across one of the core premises--because there are a great many interlocking ideas that we're trying to bring forward. One of them is that there is a disposability to the human body once you create this kind of technology," Kalogridis told GameSpot. In the world of Altered … [Read more...] about Why Is There So Much Nudity And Violence In Netflix’s Altered Carbon?
Nanoswarm: Invasion from Inner Space and Escape from Diab are sci-fi adventures in healthy eating and exercise. The project is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. Archimage is collaborating with experts at the Children’s Nutritional Research Center of Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine on the games.You might be asking yourself, “What are architects doing creating computer games?” According to Tom Baranowski PhD, Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, “a lot.” Archimage president Richard Buday FAIA is the grant’s principal investigator. He and his partner Jerald Reichstein AIA are also executive producers of the games. The two are leading teams of researchers, writers, computer artists, programmers, musicians, and an award winning film director on the four-year effort. “We use our architectural skills to think through complex … [Read more...] about Architects, Medical Researchers Team Up To Fight Type II Diabetes
Similar to a writer’s block, once in a while every gamer experiences the same thing in the form of a gamer’s block where they end up losing motivation to play games. Whether it is towards singleplayer/multiplayer games or towards all games, it will inevitably hit every avid gamer at least once in their life.Given the “solo” nature of singleplayer games without no one to talk to and laugh around with, it can be common among people who mostly play singleplayer games making it difficult for them to fully commit to one game or even getting the motivation to play anything at all. So what could be the root cause of this issue? After all, if someone has spent a decent amount of money buying a game, why is it that they cannot seem to bring themselves to play and enjoy the game even if it is a decent and well-reviewed game?So what could be the root cause of this issue? After all, if someone has spent a decent amount of money buying a game, why is it that they cannot seem … [Read more...] about Gamer’s Block: Why Is It Becoming Increasingly Common To Lose Motivation To Play Games
LOVE, which is one of the few indie efforts on the broad range of MMOs currently in development - check out an X-Play video preview for a good idea of the game's engine in action.It is almost entirely procedurally-generated, and features a very distinct art style and mood that has already set it apart. From what's been said of the game so far, it is almost entirely focused on the community rather than the individual, so expect to be building cities rather than harvesting loot from special monsters. Talking with Eskil just before his Indie Games Summit lecture at this year's GDC, Gamasutra found out about the challenges of making such a massive game on your own, how much you have to rely on your community when you don't have a big publisher with bottomless pockets, and why procedurally generated content is the way forward.Can you explain about your background in game development?Eskil Steenberg: I have worked on some crappy games I had very little control over in the past, but as a … [Read more...] about Interview: Eskil Steenberg On Why Is All You Need
[In a new editorial, Gamasutra publisher Simon Carless uses his LittleBigPlanet Beta experiences to examine why he thinks one of this holiday's most-awaited PlayStation 3 games represents "the future of user-generated content on consoles".]I have seen the future of user-generated content on consoles, and it is the Beta version of Media Molecule's much-awaited LittleBigPlanet -- which the nice folks at Sony were kind enough to give us advance access to, ahead of its imminent PlayStation 3 debut.Now, I'm sure some might accuse me of hyperbole in the face of relatively little evidence. And it's true that I can't tell what's going to happen to the community based around the game, when the full weight (and, hopefully, ingenuity) of the PS3 masses are brought to bear on it. But the game has managed to do what console titles have thus far shuddered to provide - an open, easy to use creation system that lets the community make the magic, while the creators stand back and marvel.Why is this … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why Is Web 2.0 For Games, Fulfilled
Destiny 2 is a less than a week away and fans are eager to get their hands on it as more information slowly doles itself out. One piece of information, however, seems to have fallen by the wayside. Destiny 2 is coming out on a Wednesday; it’s not news, but is significant. In the video game time frame this is…odd. It it doesn’t fit the norm of hitting the digital shelves Tuesday or even Friday in some cases, why would Bungie decided to take us out on Wednesday? Literally and figuratively.Well, for one; it shows Destiny 2 knows how to do a date night properly. It’s mid-week and not a lot of couples are out, meaning more intimate time with a an eagerly-awaited game. Destiny 2 had to reschedule and it’s more than fare to give it all the time it needed. How many times has a date been set only to keep getting moved around. Destiny 2 figures the middle of the week works best because it can give us the most attention with the downtime of the week. Also, it fits … [Read more...] about Why Does Destiny 2 Come Out on a Wednesday?
I don’t have an answer to the question asked in the title of this article. I apologize if that was misleading. I just noticed some price discrepancy recently while shopping around for games, and some of the prices at Gamestop stood out to me. I felt it was important that I give it some attention, and ponder it’s curiosity.For any gamer on a budget, paying attention to price is just an inherent and assumed thing when shopping around. It’s the central motivator to determining where we spend our money. I’m willing to shop anywhere as long as it gets me the best price (or provides some trade-off for convenience). Gamestop is usually pretty good about sales, and even though pre-order bonuses have gotten a little out of hand lately, nothing is going to beat going to a store dedicated only to video games.That’s why it’s so weird that an experienced retailer like Gamestop would blatantly ignore Nintendo’s own MSRP when pricing some of their … [Read more...] about Why Is Gamestop Charging (Slightly) More For Some Nintendo-Published 3DS Games?
After 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order, developer MachineGames had a lofty task ahead of it: improve upon one of the most lauded series reboots, a game that didn't have much to improve upon to begin with.But with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the studio has done just that. In the conversation above, The Lobby crew dissects not only what makes The New Colossus' story so memorable, but why the game is a fantastic shooter overall.For more videos like the one above, join The Lobby every Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT during the live show to talk about the newest games, news, and events in video games. … [Read more...] about Why Is Wolfenstein 2 Such A Good Shooter?
This is the first part in a new series looking at contemporary multiplayer gaming and the e-sports phenomenon.Since Steam’s inception, just a handful of marvellous gems have topped the Steam Stats page. Games like Counter-Strike, Team Fortress 2 and Sid Meier’s Civilization V have earned accolades, snared players in their thousands, and then hovered around the 50,000 mark. For Valve’s Dota 2, now just wrapping its beta period, that figure currently sits at 500,000 concurrent users (not including China and South Korea). Five hundred thousand! More users play Dota 2 simultaneously than the nine other ranked games combined and it is only going up from there. Why? THE IDEAIn essence, ARTS stands for Arena Real-Time Strategy game, which is a brief description of the elements of this offshoot of the strategy genre. Dota 2 is a team-based multiplayer game that revolves around the concept of tri-lane tug-of-war style gameplay. In short: a team of five players choose specific … [Read more...] about Why Is Dota 2 The Biggest Game On Steam?