Humble Conquer COVID-19 Bundle

In the wake of COVID-19 and its effects around the world, Humble teamed up with a team of developers, publishers, and creators to bundle a care package of much-needed funds to support organizations responding to the pandemic and its consequences. This special one-week bundle features over $1,000 in incredible games for just $30 (currency depending on region). Click here to check it out! 100% of the proceeds from your bundle purchase go to support organizations responding to COVID-19. For example, delivering protective gear to safeguard healthcare workers and providing medical care to infected patients.

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Stadia has officially gone 40 days without a new game

It seems that Google has forgotten about Stadia and it's subscribers and haven't updated the service in a while. Their subscriptions are almost up and it's really interesting to see if they extended the service...or abandon it. Please follow this reddit thread for more info. Meanwhile Microsoft's xCloud is adding new titles every now and then, even though it's still in beta.

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The era of game keys is coming to an end

Recently Ubisoft signed some kind of deal with Genba Digital and it seems that you won't be able to register standard game keys (CDKeys) on UPlay in the future. You will be able to purchase the desired title to your Ubi account and that's it. The end of game key sites? Pretty much everyone who plays games - especially on PC - used a game key somehow, whether it's from a game bundle, retail copy or some CDKey website. Their goal is to keep their client base on UPlay and that's pretty understandable. For us it means higher prices, no way to sell your own key or no way to give something away unless it's a gift card. Google Stadia, GeForce Now, XCloud/Game Pass and more - Netflix for games is almost here! Its more than possible that in around 5 years some titles are going to be bound to an exclusive platform but maybe thanks to that you won't be stuck with a specific hardware like a console, computer or a phone? Even hardcore Linux fans shouldn't face any problems if they play on streaming services. Nobody believed the guys from Winamp when they wanted to create a streaming…

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Former Valve developer opens up – is Steam killing PC gaming?

Former Valve Software employee Richard Geldreich posted some really interesting insights on Twitter lately. According to the guy Steam was killing the PC gaming for years. Starting 2009 that is. This is when they've introduced different regional currencies and tiers in the store. Geldreich worked at Valve from 2009 to 2014 and claims that the company has ruthless internal politics whatever that means. Steam is in big trouble lately, games like Borderlands 3 are going to be released on Epic Games and there's nothing they can do about it. Even though they did remove those bad comments on previous game installments, it took them way too long to fix it. Big competition for the first time in years! Is Epic Games about to end Steam's monopolization of gaming worldwide? It's possible. It's good for all of us wheter you like it or not. I think it might even shake the console market a little bit. Now back to the ex-Valve employee, he criticizes the 30% revenue share on Steam primarly calling it "tax on an entire industry" - Epic Games is about to change that dramatically. Check out the full comment below: https://twitter.com/richgel999/status/1113988444370300928 And here's a Tweet from Tim Sweeney…

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Xbox games coming to every device possible

You've probably heard rumors about Xbox Game Pass coming to Nintendo Switch. I gotta say Microsoft does not fuck around, they are planning to bring Xbox Game Pass to every device possible - including PC, Android devices and PS4 as well. In a new interview with Geekwire, Phil Spencer (the head of Xbox) talked about the company’s big plans for the Xbox Game Pass. “We want to bring Game Pass to any device that somebody wants to play on. Not just because it’s our business, but really because the business model allows for people to consume and find games that they wouldn’t have played in any other space.” Recent leaks from the brand new Windows 10 insider release show that Microsoft is probably going to allow us PC gamers to play not only Xbox Game Pass games but Xbox exclusive ones as well. More info here. Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC? Yes please! Although I'm on my second playthrough now :D This poll shows that pproximately 25% of gamers would be willing to buy Nintendo Switch just to play games via the Game Pass. Will this have a negative impact on the Xbox hardware sales? Probably but according to…

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Will GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) affect Steam?

The GDPR regulation is almost here. After May 25th all companies that opearate in European Union are bound to respect the new laws and our privacy. Steam is going to need to get consent from EU individuals to obtain and store personally identifying information (like name, address, phone number, email etc). This should be performed by having a user "opt in" as under the GDPR regulations "consent cannot be assumed". From now on every single company has to communicate in a clear and understandable way why the want our data and what are they going to do with it (or won't do), how they protect it, where do they keep it etc. If you're an EU citizen here are your GDPR rights: Ask what information is held on you and obtain copies of your information Ask if your data has been passed to any other 3rd party or affiliate and obtain their details Right to be forgotten - Request that all (or some) data be removed from their system There is no guarantees that Steam will abide those rules. Most large companies and data controllers like Google or Amazon have only chosen to update their Privacy Policies, which is not…

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Staxel now available on Humble Store!

If you're looking for a nice, fresh building game and you're tired of Minecraft already take a look at Staxel, it's currently out on Humble Store (€19.99). Couple of screenshots below :-) Staxel is an online creative farming & village game with a cast of quirky villagers. Build your farmhouse, help villagers, take to the wilds to fish or hunt bugs, and grow a variety of crops. If you’re feeling social, you can even invite your friends over to share in the fun! Official trailer available on YouTube.

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Windows 10 Game Mode coming later this week

The brand new Windows 10 Creators Update is just around the corner. It will have some special gaming features, and it's nearly ready to roll-out. There will be a new insider build (so it is not stable) in the upcoming week and it's going to have the mysterious "Game Mode" on it! The improvement won't be fully functional until later releases, but Microsoft has at last shed some light on what it is: it'll fine-tune your PC to speed up gaming performance by disabling some background processes (in both Win 32 and UWP games). Both PC and Xbox One will receive Xbox Live upgrades that help you connect to friends on social networks (is anyone even using that on the PC?), a more social-friendly Activity Feed, better tools for Clubs and looking-for-group posts, and the option to start your own Arena tournaments in games like Killer Instinct and World of Tanks. Sounds nice and lets hope it won't have much problems on the release day. Windows 10 Creators Update is coming out in March 2017.

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Video game actors go on strike!

It's official, the largest actors union in Hollywood called a strike this Friday against video game companies. Apparently they didn't agree on how to pay performers who do voice-overs and motion-capture work for the most popular video games. They have stopped working at 12:01 a.m. last Friday (21.10.2016). Creating games take a lot of time and money these days, large casts of actors take part in the development process. Union members are planning to picket one of the companies, Electronic Arts, at its location in Playa Vista today (Monday, 24.10.2016). Other companies affected by the strike: Activision Blizzard, Take Two, Warner Bros. and Disney. The chief negotiator for the video game companies said that when negotiations failed, the two sides were not very far apart: “The only difference is the semantics,” said Scott J. Witlin of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg. “The sad thing is that people are going to lose work.” SAG-AFTRA, claims that their demands were much higher though. The union was asking for a new compensation structure that would allow actors to start receiving residual-like payments based on a game’s commercial success. They were also asking for improved safety conditions for voice-over and motion-capture performers. The proposed bonus system…

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Origin monthly subscription now available!

Apparently Origin has introduced something I've speculated and asked you about over few months ago but I thought that Steam would be the first one! Guess not. The majority of you (60%) voted that you wouldn't buy this Netflix-based subscription model (pay once, use all games for a month without any limits) and 27% would consider it depending on the offer. But I'm pretty sure that this will change a lot in the future, especially if they introduce big AAA titles in the service. Origin Access ($4.99 / £3.99 a month) gives you access to Vault Games such as: Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, SimCity, Dragon Age Origins, 2 and Inquisition, Dead Space Trilogy, FIFA15, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, This War of Mine, The Sims 3 Starter Pack, Need for Speed: Rivals. According to Origin's FAQ this appears to only be available for America, Canada, UK and Germany at this time. So basically this is EA Access (from the Xbox One) for the PC, for a membership price, you get access to all the games listed in the title, extra savings on EA games on their storefront and large trial versions of games - currently the service gives you a 10 hour…

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Coop games are back – Far Cry 4, Dead Island 2 and AC: Unity

Yes! Good old coop gaming is back, first Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed Unity coop announcement. Far Cry 4 and a pretty angry elephant, coop starts at around 5 minutes of the video Coop starts around 4 minutes of the vid. Looks pretty good! And now Dead Island 2 trailer hits the web, check it out: This is good but notice it’s no longer developed by Techland?

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Steam: Linux client gets a major update!

All the penguins are happy today, check this out: The Steam client got a major update recently with some pretty needed features: On game launch, if there is an update available but we haven't started downloading it yet, ask the user if they want to launch the existing bits or wait for the update.How it took them this long to add in that option is crazy, it will be a much needed feature for SteamOS I'm sure. Add option to let other games download while a game is running (this is a per-game setting)Also a great addition for playing a single-player game and downloading updates which won't interfere with gameplay. There is a vast amount more fixed too, here are the Linux specific fixes: QuoteFix paste pasting stale text.Fix Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V in client-hosted web page text controls.Fix incorrect foregrounding of a blank window in some -silent startup cases.Fixed corrupt check box and radio button images on web pagesFixed game controller hot-plugging not workingFix runtime bootstrap rewriting so that if this process interrupted, steam is not left in an inconsistent non-startable state.Fixed crash on linux if /proc/net/route isn't available Fixed missing cursor in Akaneiro when using the overlayFixed Steam failing to re-launch…

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Poll Time: What is your favorite gaming difficulty level?

What is your favorite gaming difficulty level? Easy, Normal or Hard? Go!   [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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New Xbox to be announced at May event?

Microsoft may be announcing the new Xbox in May. According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning to hold an Xbox event on May 21 to announce its next console, and will unveil the device at the E3 in June. The tech blog cites "sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans". The next Xbox may be based on Windows 8, The Verge reports. There are no other details on what the console might feature or possible prices. Microsoft's competitors have already announced or released next-generation consoles. Nintendo released the Wii U -- successor to the Wii -- in the fall of 2012. Sony announced the PlayStation 4 console on Feb. 20, but has yet to release a sale date, or even show what the console looks like. The Xbox 360 has consistently been the most popular console in the United States, for about 25 consecutive months. The device originally went on sale in November 2005 and retailed for about $300 to $400. New Xbox might have a smiliar price tag depending on different editions of the device and subscription costs. Source: The Verge

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Check out GameCast!

You gotta check our our friends on GameCast. It's an online pinboard like Pinterest but exclusively for gamers. You can easily post screenshots from your computer and other places on the net and videos from YouTube as well. The address is http://www.gamecast.me!

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Valve’s business increased by 50 percent last year

Gabe Newell stepped up to the stage during last week’s BAFTA awards to receive the prestigious Academy Fellowship for his contributions to gaming. Newell credited Valve’s successes largely to user-generated content on open platforms such as Steam Workshop before sharing some jaw-dropping numbers. “There’s sort of an insatiable demand for gaming right now,” Newell said. “I think our business has grown by about 50 percent on the back of opportunities created by having these open platforms. “And just so people understand how big this sort of scale is getting, we were generating 3.5 terabits per second during the last Dota 2 update,” he added. “That’s about 2 percent of all the mobile and land-based Internet activity.” Source: PC Gamer

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It’s now illegal in Europe for companies to stop you selling used software, even if its distributed digitally only

Do we have a breakthrough here? I can’t believe what I’m reading right now. Check some parts of it: An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet. And then: By its judgment delivered today, the Court explains that the principle of exhaustion of the distribution right applies not only where the copyright holder markets copies of his software on a material medium (CD-ROM or DVD) but also where he distributes them by means of downloads from his website. Where the copyright holder makes available to his customer a copy – tangible or intangible – and at the same time concludes, in return form payment of a fee, a licence agreement granting the customer the right to use that copy for an unlimited period, that rightholder sells the copy to the customer and thus exhausts his exclusive distribution right. More of this at source: europa.eu via reddit I wonder if that’s actually going to affect any of the downloading services in Europe. I guess we’ll see.

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Canonical in touch with Valve to ensure Steam is well supported on Ubuntu

    Lots of Steam on Linux news this week after Michael Larabel visited Valve office and confirmed Steam and Source Engine on Linux. Now, in a Live QA session for Ubuntu 12.04 release, Ubuntu Developer and Community Manager Jono Bacon said that he knows Canonical has been in touch with Valve to ensure top notch support of Steam client on Ubuntu. Check out the video, skip to 52:14 for Steam part: Probably Canonical already had idea about Steam on Linux before Phoronix broke the news? Also, according to Michael Larabel, Ubuntu has worked out a gaming deal from a big publisher. These games may be available in Ubuntu Software Center later this year. It seems, Canonical has plans to push Ubuntu as a gaming platform this year to increase mainstream adoption. Source: Ubuntu Vibes

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Steam is coming to Linux!

Michael Larabel (of Phoronix) met with Valve today; tweets "steam is coming to Linux…":   And another quote here: @michaellarabel #valve does have Linux games coming plus other very positive Linux plans... I'll briefly post some screenshots and such tonight. And even more info here.

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Fuck everything about this

Some gaming industry “professionals” claim that Steve Jobs and the iPhone had a bigger impact on videogames than Steam, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony combined. According to a survey distributed to 1,000 videogame industry professionals, the iPhone has shaped videogames more than any other device or console, and Steve Jobs has shaped videogames more than any other human. The questionnaire was sent out to industry attendees of the London Games Conference, and asked participants to make a top five list of various professionals and hardware. Based on the answers received, the LGS ranked them according to the number of mentions. The iPhone took top honors in the "products" category, earning an impressive 53% of voters claiming it belongs in the top five of all time, and 17% as number one. The full results were as follows: iPhone: 17% Wii: 7% Xbox Live: 3% PlayStation One: 3% Steam: 2% As for people, Apple also took the throne, with Steve Jobs being mentioned in the top five list of 46% of survey takers, and as number one by 26%. Here's how he stacked up against other industry giants: Steve Jobs 26% Gabe Newell 16% Shigeru Miyamoto 7% Tim Berners-Lee 4% Mark Zuckerberg 3%…

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Nintendo Wii U announced!

I don't know if you guys are watching the E3 right now, I do cause I'm a little ill lately and have nothing else to do, but today there was a Nintendo conference which practically blew everything away with their new Nintendo Wii U. It's going to have this cool new controler (see below) and hardware capable of displaying 1080p graphics featuring games like Battlefiled 3 and many others. I think it's safe to say that Microsoft and Sony just got their asses kicked! And here's a shot of the new console:

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