Google Engineers, PhD students and child geniuses: Meet the new breed of Hearthstone pros

PhD student Bunnyhoppor on his way to the 2018 Hearthstone Summer Championship last month. For all the practice, and the stress, and the bad matchups, Hearthstone is still something that this champ does in his spare time. "It was my second year of my PhD where I started to take Hearthstone more seriously… That's where I got super high ranks. "In Hearthstone, if you want to solve interesting logical problems, all you have to do is log on. There are pros and cons to that ease of access, but I'm no

By | 2018-08-27T19:43:44+00:00 August 27th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Half-Life 2 writer ‘surprised’ by Marc Laidlaw’s decision to publish Episode 3 synopsis

Last year Marc Laidlaw published a Half-Life 2: Episode 3 synopsis. Speaking to our sister site GamesRadar, Half-Life 2 writer Chet Faliszek says he was "surprised" by his one-time colleague's decision to publish his ideas. "I'll let Marc speak for that," Faliszek tells GR. Read Laidlaw's Episode 3 fanfic here, and know that while we might never see Half-Life 2: Episode 3/Half-Life 3, this Half-Life mod will let you replace Gordon Freeman with Spyro the Dragon. As reported by Chris, this mod fro

By | 2018-07-23T14:29:17+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Half-Life 2 writer surprised by former colleague’s decision to publish ‘fanfic’ vision for Half-Life 3

In August 2017, former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw shared - in his words - a ‘fanfic’ plot outline for Half-Life 3. Was Chet surprised that Marc would choose to go public with his vision for a Half-Life sequel? “I’ll let Marc speak for that”, says Chet. “I… I was surprised by it coming out”, he adds, “I’ll let Marc speak for that”. How a Half-Life sequel might have played out, according to former series' writer Marc LaidlawI know only of Gertie Fremont, Elly Vaunt and her son Alex, Jerry Maas, and

By | 2018-07-20T12:35:08+00:00 July 20th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Original Assassin’s Creed producer on its decade-long success: “I’m still surprised”

Assassin's Creed is one of the biggest video game franchises in the world more than a decade after it debuted, and original producer Jade Raymond has done pretty well too - but she's still amazed to see how far her co-creation has come. "I've gotta be honest, I'm still surprised about how successful Assassin's Creed is and how it took on a life of its own," Raymond answered. Raymond explained that the team also spent time thinking about how it could keep making more Assassin's Creed beyond the i

By | 2018-07-11T19:53:59+00:00 July 11th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why do we play video games?

By the end, it builds up a picture of why you play games. Compared with other people, it did not surprise me to learn that I love games loaded with narrative, history and feelings. Nor did it surprise me that I don’t much care for games about finicky control, ultra competition or social bragging rights. The overall results for all participants offer useful insights into our collective motivations for playing games. I find this astonishing, given that historical fiction is nowhere near the most p

By | 2018-07-02T17:00:00+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nokia X6 price and specs leaked by retailer

The Nokia X6 is expected to be announced tomorrow (May 16), but a retailer has seemingly jumped the gun, as it’s posted the Chinese price of the phone, along with specs and pictures. Suning is the retailer in question, and the details were spotted and shared on Weibo (a Chinese microblogging site) before the company realized its mistake, so we now know that the Nokia X6 will apparently cost 1,499 yuan (around $235/£175/AU$315), which is a low price given the rumored specs and design of the Nokia

By | 2018-05-15T09:21:59+00:00 May 15th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hellblade developer ‘surprised so many people played the game with mouse and keyboard’

After launching Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice in August last year, developer Ninja Theory reported "better than expected" sales by October. Following his warm review, Leif Johnson explained why games like Hellblade are eroding the border between indie and triple-A. Hellblade has since earned a place on our coveted best stories in PC gaming list—all of which underscores its place on this platform. Antoniades adds: "We were so surprised that so many people played the game with mouse and keyboard, a

By | 2018-04-25T09:36:30+00:00 April 25th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Divinity: Original Sin 2 surprised me with a deadly twist 100 hours in

In Divinity: Original Sin 2, that's a big mistake. We each controlled a character, selected from Original Sin 2's presets. If you haven't finished Divinity: Original Sin 2 and intend to, you've been warned! Or would've been, if Divinity: Original Sin 2 wasn't a game built for save scumming. That's the essence of Divinity: Original Sin 2.

By | 2018-02-21T11:54:35+00:00 February 21st, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Xbox One X and One S getting 1440p support in the near future

At present, the Xbox One X downscales 4K signals exclusively to 1080p, meaning those with QHD (1440p) monitors are left playing at a much lower resolution than their screens are capable of – but not for long! Though support for 1440p monitor was first announced late last year, Kevin Gammill, program manager for Microsoft's Xbox Platform Partner Group has now revealed via Twitter that it's likely to arrive in the very near future. Many questions recently around the timing of our 1440p support. We

By | 2018-02-18T21:45:24+00:00 February 18th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Would the Altered Carbon cast resleeve and live forever if they could? You might be surprised by their answers…

One of the first things you probably asked yourself as soon as you started watching Netflix Original Altered Carbon was, would you resleeve if you could? I couldn't help but ask the Altered Carbon cast if they'd considered the same question when I sat down with them to talk about the series recently, and I was surprised that their answers were more complex than a simple yes or no. Star of the show Joel Kinnaman agrees with the message of Altered Carbon, that cheating death would be bad for human

By | 2018-02-07T01:15:26+00:00 February 7th, 2018|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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