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If you haven't heard about Dishonored, then check out a few of our posts regarding the game from Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks. The latest trailer of the game shows off some more choose-your-own path gameplay.
The trailer above called "Daring Escapes" shows off just three ways you can take a problem on, with the first jumping out of the situation, the second knocking all the guards out, and the third, some neat possession abilities.
The possession ability definitely looks cool, as does the short range teleportation. The one thing that bugs me are the very lacklustre graphics, and that awful field of view (FOV). Definitely looks and feels console, even though the developer has promised the goods on the PC version.
The Steam Hardware and Software survey uses the Steam client to find out what sort of hardware and software is used among the gamers using Steam. The survey brings with it an interesting, and somewhat predictable, view of the gaming PC landscape. The short version of the results is that NVIDIA and Intel dominate the market share.
Let's start with CPUs. Unsurprisingly, Intel dominates the gaming landscape as far as CPUs are concerned. Intel has 72% of the PCs that participated in the hardware survey. Just about half of Steam gamers have a dual-core CPU and 7.5% have a single core. Fewer than 4% have more than four cores and 38% are running quads.
On the GPU front, NVIDIA commands 47% of the surveyed computers. 36% of users are running an AMD Radeon GPU and 11% of users are stuck running Intel's integrated graphics processor. The NVIDIA GTX 560 is the most popular GPU of the DX11 generation and commands 10% of the computers surveyed. The GTX 460 is the next highest at just under 6%. The 5770, the most popular Radeon, is sitting at just under 5%.
Angry Birds is already everywhere, on your phones, tablets, in vending machines as prizes, and more. But, now they've just ventured somewhere new, on Samsung Smart TVs.
Any Samsung Smart TV owner can download the game, with it being a first for TVs without the need of a separate box or device. Samsung revealed earlier this month that they were bringing Angry Birds to its Smart TV platform, which sport both gesture and voice control.
Samsung's 2012 LED 7500 and up, as well as their Plasma 8000 models are eligible for the game. The confirmation of the news came from Samsung Brazil, who hinted on their Twitter account that these irate ornithoids have indeed gotten Smart on us, where they said "Hello, TV. Farewell, evil pigs".
With EA stock trading at a 52-week low, EA CEO John Riccitiello said during an interview with CNBC that the fundamental problem is not with the company itself, but with investors understanding the business.
Julia Boorstin sat down with the CEO for an exclusive interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference, where the Riccitiello said that he's currently in the process of shifting EA from being about packaged goods to digital revenue. We reported just over two weeks ago that EA saying it's "inevitable" that they'll become a 100-percent digital company.
Riccitiello said during the interview that the industry's focus on NPD's packaged game sales numbers is misguided, and overlooks the massive growth EA have been seeing in digital revenue. EA have had a number of social and mobile gaming acquisitions, with the company saying it had found success on the Facebook social games platform, as well as Apple's game store.
To be brutally honest, I didn't even know about Robotoki, until I received Project Update (#4) from Ouya, the Kickstarter-funded console. The e-mail that hit my inbox explained that the team had received their first exclusive game.
The game, Human Element, is from Robotoki, whose president of game development, Robert Bowling, is ex-Activision. You know, the good, old Call of Duty days. His Twitter account @fourtwozero hinted that he had some news, and this news is that Ouya gamers will get the very first access to his new game Human Element. Human Element is a post-zombie-apocalyptic game. Robotoki is the first studio to commit to building a game exclusively for Ouya: an episodic prequel that will set the stage for his eventual release of Human Element in 2015.
Back in April, Arkane Studios' teased the debut trailer to Dishonored. Then, it was only last month that Arkane Studios talked of the PC standards being "a religion", and that the PC version will get its own interface. Now we're hearing more of the fruits of this developers labor.
We can now see just how much Arkane Studios' passion for PC gamers has leaked into Dishonored. The official Bethesda blog offers a look into Dishonored PC's customization options, and there is quite a lot of them. In the above screenshot, you can really see the length to which Arkane Studios have gone. UI options allow the gamer to disable HUD elements one by one. This allows the best balance between hand-holding, and immersion.
Well, who'd have thunk it? Valve have just announced Steam for Ubuntu. Yes, Steam is on a Linux distribution. Valve have used a new blog exclusive to its Linux-based goodness, where they've introduced the team, and talked about the future of the project.
The blog talks of Gabe's interest in moving Steam, and the Source engine over to Linux. But, at the time, Valve were supporting Linux by using Linux-based servers for Source-based games, as well as maintaining several internal servers for various projects, the OS on these servers? A 64-bit version of Ubuntu.
So, last year, Valve decided to take the next logical step, and form a new team. This team consisted of people who had the sole purpose of investigating the possibility of moving the Steam client, as well as Left 4 Dead 2 over to Ubuntu. After successfully getting it to work, interest grew within Valve, and the results of this interest were the expansion of the team, and projects they were working on. Their main focus is now the following projects:
- getting the Steam client onto Linux with full functionality
- optimizing a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
- porting additional Valve titles
Yesterday we reported that the Battlefield 4 beta was teased on Origin, where it would be released with Medal of Honor: Warfighter. But now EA has stepped in and confirmed that those who pre-order Medal of Honor: Warfighter Limited Edition, will receive beta access to Battlefield 4 in fall 2013.
Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels says:
Though Battlefield and Medal of Honor Warfighter each offer players a completely unique experience, they are united by their underlying technology base - Frostbite. These are two of the hottest shooters, coming together to deliver a one-two punch of action, intensity and shooter entertainment.
This may disappoint some, but now we have some serious confirmation of Battlefield 4. Let's hope that EA really amp the game up, and don't just release some new maps, and guns and re-polish Battlefield 3. Excited yet?
During a recent Q&A session, Rockstar have claimed that the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series will be the "biggest open world game to date". Grand Theft Auto IV's open world was already impressive, so how much bigger than GTA V get?
Well, how about Rockstar go vertical? Lots of flying, missions involving flying, etc could work. Rockstar have claimed that it was not possible for them to integrate an interactive high definition airspace that matched the ground because it took too much work. Rockstar stated:
The city was simply too small for effective and enjoyable flying. It was the first time we made a high definition open world, and it was a massive amount of work to make something on that scale - we simply could not make an environment big enough for planes to work properly. Fear not, they are returning in what is our biggest open world game to date.
So maybe we won't see flying in as much detail as people want, but could it be expected in a future DLC perhaps? As always, I'm excited for the next instalment of GTA, and this time the frame rate better be good, GTA IV on the PS3 was just atrocious for its frame rate. Let's hope the PC version runs as good as the Rockstar-developed Max Payne 3.
A single image from Comic Con has just injected a very tasty amount of goodness into the rumors and talk of Metal Gear Solid 5, now revealed as Project Ogre. The image is simply a logo, but OGRE stands for Open Ground Reconnaissance Endeavors.
OGRE is the sub-title for Metal Gear Solid 5, with the text under it reading "The moment we were cast out of heaven, we became monsters". MGS mastermind Hideo Kojima has previous talked of the game, and stated that Project Ogre "is some game that has a very wide entrance, a very wide entrance". Kojima adds "rather than making something very cinematic, [I plan to] make something very free".
When the first screenshot for Project Ogre was shown, Kojima said that the title is:
A little bit different to what I've done up until now. On the surface it will look similar, but once you get into it, it will be a different experience.