Since the dawn of Pong, videogames have been reliable lightning rods for criticism. Shoot-em-ups and mobile puzzlers alike have been accused of everything from contributing to pediatric obesity to cultivating anti-social tendencies to promoting devil worship—not to mention the perennial furor surrounding videogame violence. There are some downsides to constant gaming, but the charge that video games are detrimental to society because they stop people from cultivating real-world relationships might be misplaced. At least that's the argument that author, Richard Garriott AKA 'Lord British', the game pioneer behind the Ultima series, a line of videogames that laid the groundwork for all RPG gaming and MMOs. I had a chance to speak with Garriott when he stopped by PCMag's offices to be a guest on our live video Q+A series, The Convo. While he recognises the validity of some of these criticisms in regards to solipsism and sloth, he countered these points with some perspective. … [Read more...] about Can Online Games Keep the Modern World From Falling Apart?
Last week, Insel Games had three titles listed on Steam, as of yesterday, the developer has none as Valve decided to remove the listings and ends its relationship with the company. As Kotaku reports, Insel Games was caught writing reviews for its own games on Steam. Evidence of this appeared a couple of days ago when a copy of an email sent by Insel's CEO Patrick Streppel was shared on Reddit. The email was sent to 20 or so employees and asked them all to purchase and review the company's latest release, Wild Buster. Streppel explains in the email that sales of Wild Buster had not met expectations and that he viewed a lack of reviews and a review score as a big reason as to why. He states he is "disappointed" with some employees opting not to buy and review the game even though they were specifically asked to. Apparently, "neglecting the importance of reviews will ultimately cost jobs." A statement which is easily viewed as a veiled threat of job losses if what is being asked doesn't … [Read more...] about Steam Bans Developer Caught Reviewing Own Games
It's not just TVs that are getting bigger, monitors are too, and Acer turned up to CES with a huge new monitor aimed squarely at gamers. It's called the Predator Big Format Gaming Display, or Predator BFG for short, and it's 65 inches. At a desk, it's unlikely you'd be able to view the entirety of this monitor without a lot of head movement. However, move a little further away and introduce a sofa and you potentially have the ultimate in gaming display for the living room. This 65-inch panel offers a 4K resolution with HDR support, a 120Hz refresh rate, and 1,000 nits peak luminance with local dimming for better blacks. Very smooth and tear-free gaming is also promised thanks to the inclusion of Nvidia G-Sync. Another reason to consider the Predator as a living room rather than desk monitor is the fact Acer built-in Nvidia Shield hardware. That means you can stream movies and TV without need of a separate streaming box and use the included Shield controller for gaming. I also assume … [Read more...] about Acer Unveils 65-Inch Predator 4K HDR Gaming Display
China has very strict rules when it comes to releasing games consoles in the country. That is why console manufacturers partner with local companies to handle the release and sales. Nintendo is no exception, opting to partner with Tencent for a Switch launch in December. However, this isn't the only partnership Nintendo secured for China. As Eurogamer reports, a deal has been struck between Nintendo and Nvidia to port Wii and GameCube games to Android while at the same time giving them a 1080p visual upgrade. The confirmed titles so far include Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and Punch-out!! These games will be exclusive to the Nvidia Shield. The surprising news was confirmed by Daniel Ahmad on Twitter who shared the official trailer for the Nvidia Shield in China. What is unclear for now is how far this deal between Nintendo and Nvidia extends in terms of future title announcements and markets beyond China. Could we see these … [Read more...] about Nvidia Will Sell 1080p Android Ports of Nintendo Games in China
How to Buy the Best 4K Graphics Card Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and even YouTube, it's finally getting easier to find actual 4K (also referred to as "Ultra HD") video content. But as awesome as 4K video looks, if you're aiming to immerse yourself in a pixel-dense world, it's hard to beat playing cutting-edge PC games in 4K. Consoles like the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 can't handle 4K gaming, a task left to the more premium PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. The only other real 4K-capable console, of sorts, at the time of this writing was the Android TV-powered Nvidia Shield. It can run some Android games at 4K, as well as stream PC games from your home gaming PC at 4K (and even over the Internet if you have a fast connection). But really, if you want to play brand-new, AAA games at 4K with the best visuals, you'll need a desktop PC equipped with a powerful graphics card—especially if you want to play your games with the in-game eye … [Read more...] about The Best Graphics Cards for 4K Gaming