- Ben Silverman at Plugged In13 hrs ago
A legendary hero is set to star in the next big Dungeons & Dragons storyline.
Rage of Demons , due out this fall, will let players travel into the Underdark alongside Drizz't Do’Urden, the famous dark elf character created by author R.A. Salvatore. The adventure spans tabletop, console, and computer versions of D&D.
“ Rage of Demons is a huge storyline involving all expressions of Dungeons & Dragons, and we’re excited to bring players this story in concert with all of our partners,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director at D&D maker Wizards of the Coast. “I can’t wait to see everyone interact with one of the world’s most recognizable fantasy characters: Drizzt Do’Urden. Descending into the depths won’t exactly be easy for him, and D&D fans will get their mettle tested just like Drizzt when they come face-to-face with all the demon lords.”
- Chris Morris at Plugged In1 day ago
Valve Software is in hot water after a game about shooting and killing gay people appeared on Steam on Tuesday.
Though Valve officials quickly yanked the game - entitled Kill the Faggot - from the digital distribution service, some questioned how a game that so obviously encouraged violence against a segment of the population made it onto the service in the first place.
"How can this [expletive] get through even payment?" asked user Rock Su on the game's now-deleted Steam page. Game submissions to Steam’s Greenlight section, intended to give smaller developers a chance to spotlight their games, now carry a $100 fee to discourage inauthentic or 'joke' submissions.
The crudely-built game was seemingly modeled on arcade light gun games, where players target and kill gay and transgender people on screen. Shooting a heterosexual person caused players to lose points.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In1 day ago
It’s a Star Wars world, folks. We’re just playing in it.
At least that’s Disney Interactive’s plan. On Tuesday, the company unveiled that the galaxy far, far away will be the cornerstone of Disney Infinity 3.0 , due out this fall.
The new installment of Disney’s toy/game hybrid is aiming to please every generation of Star Wars fan by offering three different Star Wars-themed playsets. Packed in with the game’s Starter Set ($65) is the ‘Twilight of the Republic’ set, which takes place between Episodes I-III and features Jedi shenanigans with Anakin, Obi-Wan, Darth Maul, and Yoda.
But since Episodes I-III never actually happened – that was just a midi-chlorian induced nightmare, right? – you can fork over extra for the ‘Rise Against the Empire’ set. According to Disney, that one “ take players on galaxy-spanning missions with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader, piloting X-wing fighters or the Millennium Falcon to fight stormtroopers, or exploring and partaking in land-based missions on planets like Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor.” In other words, the good one.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In2 days ago
For many boxing fans, the fight of the century turned out to be a swing and a miss. Folks who shelled out $100 to watch Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao slug it out on pay-per-view over the weekend (assuming their cable provider actually let them) have roundly criticized the bout for being a bore.
But Noober Goober Gaming saw the snoozefst coming, as illustrated in this amazingly prescient parody using the NES classic Punch Out!!:
The video, which went live before the boxers even made their entrances to the ring, is a sadly accurate take on the fight.
It starts by expertly skewering some of Mayweather's ridiculous demands for the bout, which everyone on the planet agrees should have taken place a few years ago. But once the virtual fight actually starts, the video kicks into high gear.
Pacquiao swings wildly, failing to come close to Mayweather. Mayweather occasionally moves in, but only to lock up “Little Pac” (a hat tip to the real game's Little Mac) in a clinch, which referee Mario has to break up.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In6 days ago
Ouya? Oh no.
On Tuesday, we got word that Ouya, the Android-based machine that kicked off the micro-console flood, is in dire financial straits and is desperately seeking a buyer. But take a look at the company's history of missteps, and it's really something of a miracle that it lasted this long.
Ouya was one of the first real breakouts on Kickstarter, raising $8.6 million from gamers eager for something new. With its $99 price tag, sleek design, and promise of affordable gaming, the system seemed poised to shake up the console hierarchy.
It didn't take long before things started to go wrong, though. And the mistakes began compounding. In its short history, Ouya has made just about every possible mistake a gaming start-up can make - and invented a few new ones along the way.
I first met with Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman in March of 2013 to talk about the then-much-anticipated system and learn more about the company's business plan. By the time I walked out of that meeting, alarm bells were shrieking in my head.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In6 days ago
The not-for-profit Internet Archive has been a boon for fans of classic video games. Thousands of games spanning old, outdated systems like the Atari 2600, Colecovision, and Vectrex are available to play, for free, right in your browser.
As it turns out, you also can drop them into tweets. Some of them, at least.
Chris Kohler over at Wired hipped me to this particularly awesome bit of Web know-how. If you tweet the URL of any of archive’s hundreds of MS-DOS games, it appears fully playable if you then view that tweet in a browser.
So for instance:
If you view this tweet on the web, are you playing Zork? https://t.co/JvRcWgbm63
Or how about something with a little more bite?
In honor of the new Wolfenstein releasing next week: https://t.co/R6vYUruC0T
- Chris Morris at Plugged In8 days ago
Life has changed quite a bit since 1960, the year classic board game The Game of Life first sent players down its twisting path. But despite incremental updates over the past five decades, many of the original game’s career options haven’t changed much at all.
So in an effort to bring their game up to speed, Hasbro is giving ho-hum vocations like accountant, computer consultant, and salesperson the boot and replacing them with careers that are a bit more relevant to today's kids.
To determine exactly what those new jobs would be, the toy maker went to the source, polling children between the ages of 8 and 12 about what they want to be when they grew up.
The top pick? Video game designer.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In13 days ago
For the past five years, Team Fortress 2 players have been able to cash in on their in-game creations. Now, fans of Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim are getting their chance.
Valve is slowly opening up its Steam Workshop to other games - and Skyrim is the first in line. And though it might seem a minor thing, there's big money in virtual swords and other modifications. As of June 2013, Valve has paid over $10 million to people who have created in-game items for Team Fortress 2.
But does Skyrim, a game that came out some 3 and a half years ago, still have a fervent enough audience to make paid mods a potential windfall? Absolutely.
The game is a regular among the 10 most played games on Steam. At press time, there were over 31,500 people playing the game, according to Valve.
As with Team Fortress 2, the introduction of paid mods, items and maps doesn't mean you won't still be able to find free ones. There are over 24,000 free Skyrim mods available today - ranging from quests to soundtracks to graphical improvements.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In14 days ago
Grand Theft Auto is prepping for its close-up, and it's pulling in some serious talent to help tell its tale.
The BBC has confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton have signed on to star in "Game Changer" (working title), an upcoming documdrama that tells the tale of the people who created - and fought against - the Grand Theft Auto franchise.
The 90-minute drama is being made by the BBC and is based on David Kushner’s 2012 book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto. It covers how the violent crime game became an unprecedented commercial success despite tremendous opposition from parents groups and moral crusaders.
Radcliffe will trade in his scar and invisibility cloak for the dark shades and bearded look of Sam Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games and the principal creator of the GTA series. Paxton will portray Jack Thompson, the prominent attorney who dogged Rockstar for much of the early 2000s.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In16 days ago
The Xbox One didn't have a great start, to put it kindly.
Fans and critics savaged the system when the initial feature set was announced. Microsoft reversed course so many times, it gave gamers whiplash. By the time the company had settled on a steady course, Sony's PlayStation 4 had developed a commanding lead in the U.S.
Microsoft has clawed its way back, though, and thanks to a few timely delays, competitive pricing, and some smart maneuvering, 2015 could well be the year that the Xbox One becomes the industry's top-selling console.
The 2015 holiday season was initially setting up to be a doozie. Sony's PS4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has looked fantastic in previews, and the Nintendo faithful can't wait to get their hands on the long-promised high-definition The Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U.
But on March 11, Sony revealed that Uncharted wouldn't be coming out this year. Two weeks later, as well.