HEVN free two-hour demo teases intriguing, contemplative sci-fi exploration

Having now spent a couple of hours stalking the lonely corridors of its abandoned Naic space station I can affirm my initial impressions. HEVN is a slow burner, but I'm now keen to see where it steers its story from here on. HEVN's opening half hour establishes Mar's routine as he explores his working, social and living quarters in turn. Around the 45 minute mark, I made my way into a maintenance shaft which is where HEVN really starts to open up. From what I've played so far, it's a considered

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Ms. Pac-Man in Google Maps is today’s best time-waster

Google always comes up with some fun April Fools’ Day gags, and this year, Google Maps is offering another location-based video game: the arcade classic Ms. Pac-Man. If you open the Google Maps app on a smartphone or tablet today, you’ll see a pinkish-orange button featuring Ms. Pac-Man herself. It will all be familiar to anyone who has ever played a Pac-Man game. The company overlaid the original Pac-Man atop Google Maps for April Fools’ Day 2015. The year before, Google Maps users could scour

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Behind the scenes of World of Warcraft’s biggest patch ever

Warlords of Draenor only received two content patches in total, and put together they maybe barely add up to the size of the first Legion patch. Ryan Shwayder, senior designer: First of all, it’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest patches in the history of WoW. There’s world quests. TD: I joined the World of Warcraft team about a year-and-a-half ago, and even since I joined, the team has grown. If you world quest right now, you go out, you do a world quest, there’s a bunch of players at the

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Mad Catz shuts down after months of financial woes

Mad Catz, Inc. has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in the United States. Chapter 7 bankruptcy differs from chapter 11 bankruptcy in a major way: It means that Mad Catz does not currently intend to reorganize, filing instead for liquidation and vacating its board of directors and officers. Best-known for its gaming hardware and peripherals, Mad Catz’s exit from the industry follows several months of financial trouble. Poor Rock Band 4 sales in late 2015 rocked Mad Catz, after it hedged its bets by

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Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light is heading to Netflix

Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light, a live-action, Japanese TV drama featuring Square Enix’s multiplayer online game, is coming West. Netflix picked up the show for international audiences, and Daddy of Light is expected to premiere worldwide this fall. Daddy of Light isn’t called that apropos of nothing, though: The show is about a father and son who bond over Final Fantasy 14. There seems to be a solid mix of gameplay and human drama included in the show, with actual Final Fantasy 14 characters

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild patch improves frame rates

Nintendo has released a patch for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that has been reported to dramatically increase frame rates when the game is played in docked mode, a situation that used to hurt performance as the hardware and software struggles with the jump in resolution. The patch notes for version 1.1.1 of the game don’t give us much details about what has actually been changed, however. “Went to a forest outside of the plateau with two Moblins where I had major FPS drops,” one Reddit u

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Oculus needs to decide what kind of company it wants to be

Sony’s PlayStation VR platform is the best-selling tethered headset to date, having sold 915,000 units in four months. “I think that trend will continue.”Google has also released its own high-quality mobile VR platform, called Daydream, further adding powerful competition in the VR ecosystem. Oculus has the Gear VR platform, but it’s also partnered with Samsung, which limits the headset’s reach to owners of Samsung phones. Many Rift users may opt to buy their games on Steam, especially since Viv

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Games companies turn to outsourcers for low-cost workers

The United States, and most especially California, has birthed dozens of dominant tech companies, including games companies that generate jobs, taxes (at least those they can't dodge) and the soft power of global cultural dominance. Significant parts of American games are built abroad, at low-cost studios specifically designed to handle outsourced development work. He says a developer in Kuala Lumpur might make maybe $12,000 to $20,000 a year less than a developer in the United States. A develop

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Samsung became the heir apparent to the mobile tech throne this week

When Apple originally released the iPhone, it plucked people away from their beloved personal digital assistants, but not because it was the best device. What won people over was that the iPhone replaced both your phone and your media device and did it well. The turning point for me was the Apple Watch: A great device when it launched, but one that simply did not evolve in its second iteration. At the top of the list is the company’s new S8 and S8+ phones, phones that probably feature the safest

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