The PC games market has surpassed the console gaming market in revenues, according to DFC Intelligence owner David Cole. Speaking to PCR, Cole says that PC game software sales have generated more than consoles on a global basis.
"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience."
It looks like those who were keen on playing Sony Online Entertainment's catalog of online games for a flat monthly fee will have to wait just a little bit longer. SOE announced today that it has delayed its "All-Access Pass" subscription plan to April 29. The company previously delayed its launch from April 6 to April 23, but this week it delayed it one more time. Why another delay? To ensure that the transfer to the "All Access Pass" subscription system is seamless, says SOE.
The petition on Change.org urging Rockstar Games to bring Grand Theft Auto V to PC has almost 700,000 signatures. It has roughly 690,000 as of this writing, gaining 40,000 since that last time we checked earlier this year. GTA V was released in September 2013 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, generating $800 million in 24 hours and more than $1 billion in sales in the first three days of its release. Around 32.5 million copies have shipped to-date.
The latest Humble Weekly Bundle Sale is presented by the folks at Devolver Digital, and offers three games for whatever you want to pay. Those games are The Real Texas, Cryptic Sea EP, and Dungeon Hearts, available DRM-free for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you pay $6 or more, you'll also receive Foul Play, Legend of Dungeon and KRUNCH Digital Collector's Edition. KRUNCH Digital Collector's Edition comes with exclusive comic.
When the PC version of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs releases later this year it will require consumers to install the company's Uplay software. Even if the game is purchased through Steam, users will still have to install Uplay, according to CVG. All PC versions of the game will use a mandatory Uplay client that players will have to log on to in order to activate the game.
Wargaming CEO Victor Kisyli has pledged that his company will invest $10 million into improving and developing features that support eSports in 2014. At a press conference in Warsaw, Poland, Wargaming CEO Victor Kisyli said that there has been a huge upswing of interest in World of Tanks for eSports in the last two years. In 2012, 30,000 pro players took part in 120 World of Tanks tournaments, while in 2013 that number climbed to 200,000 players across more than 1,000 World of Tanks tournaments, according to Wargaming's calculations.
The latest Humble Weekly Bundle has a special guest host - the fine folks at popular gaming website Destructoid. This week's Humble Weekly Sale has been hand-picked by the staff at Destructoid and includes three games for whatever price you want to pay, and an additional three tiles if you are willing to pony up a little bit more money.
The latest Humble Bundle deal, Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9, offers six games to play at home using your PC (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and on the go using your favorite Android-powered mobile device.
Bundle Stars has teamed up with publisher Kalypso Media Digital to launch what it calls a "massive bundle" which knocks an incredible $150 off the price of a ton of games.
The latest Humble Weekly Bundle sale offers games and supports several open source initiatives. The Humble Weekly Sale (celebrating open source) offers eight DRM-free games for Mac, Linux, and Windows (and on Steam) for whatever price you want. Pay whatever you want for Magical Diary, NEO Scavenger (Early Access Game), Offspring Fling! and Planet Stronghold.
In its ongoing lawsuit over the rights to Duke Nukem, 3D Realms has responded to Gearbox Software's trademark violation lawsuit by claiming that it still owns the license to the franchise. The studio is currently preparing to release Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a top-down action game starring the familiar gaming hero.
Last month Gearbox announced it would sue 3D Realms and Mass Destruction developer Interceptor Entertainment for allegedly using the IP it claims it owns without permission.
Two key founders of Torchlight series makers Runic Games, Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer, have left the company to form an indie studio called Double Damage Games that will work on products of a smaller scale. Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer announced their departure from Runic Games on the developer's forum, saying the split was "amicable."
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Positech Games talking about the evils of game sales, Microsoft considering positive reinforcement for good Xbox Live behavior, Australia's ratings reforms, and last week's poll about rich people using crowdfunding. Download Episode 92 now: SuperPAC Episode 92 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 71.6 MB.
Indie developer Positech Games said via a new blog post that game sales (like the kind found on Steam and in the Humble Bundle) are providing the endorphin rush instead of the fun of actually playing the games players are purchasing at deep discounts. Positech Games' Cliff Harris says that these kinds of sales are insidious dangers that normalize huge price reductions.
"This is a big psychology trick that is being used to siphon money from gamers, and it's a bad thing," he said. "And if we can - and I think we probably can't - we should stop it."
While people are trying their best to hack the Xbox One controller this week to make it work on the PC, Microsoft say that such functionality is on the way at some point, and strongly pushed back at any suggestion that Microsoft didn't have plans to provide support for it on PC. Speaking in this NeoGAF thread, Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello said that reports suggesting that Xbox One controllers will not work on PC are flat-out wrong.
This week's Humble Weekly Sale features a line-up of Sega games topping out at right around $15 (or more if you want to pay it) if you also want to get your hands on Total War: Shogun 2. Pay whatever you want to get your hands on Alpha Protocol, Company of Heroes, Rome: Total War Rome: Total War, and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit.
As a tease for what it will be showcasing later this month at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Epic Games and Firefox browser maker Mozilla have released a demo reel video showcasing Unreal Engine 4 game content playing at top speed within Firefox.
Epic and Mozilla claim that this video showcases Unreal Engine 4 games playing within Firefox without the need of any additional plug-ins. The video shows off the Epic Soul tech demo, which will likely get a bit more attention when GDC gets underway.
EA has released a Titanfall release schedule for the digital versions of the game on Xbox One and PC through its Origin digital distribution service.
While the Xbox One version of the game launches in the U.S. Canada, Mexico and Brazil today, it won't be available in other regions around the globe until March 14. You can check out the big list below. The Xbox 360 version of the game launches March 25 in the U.S. and March 28 in Europe (list via CVG).
Ubisoft is apparently comfortable enough to give us a concrete date for the release of its open world game Watch Dogs. Much to the chagrin of Wii U owners, the company only offered a vague timeframe of "available at a later date." That later date will be sometime after the game releases worldwide on May 27 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Hopefully this will be the last time the game gets delayed.
Sony Online Entertainment says that it will delay its plans to launch its "All Access" pricing scheme to the middle of April. The announcement was made by SOE President John Smedley. The All Access pricing plan, which gives subscribers to all of SOE's games for one monthly subscription fee, was set for launch on April 2. Smedley said that there was just too much stuff left to finish to hit the April 2 deadline.
Humble Indie Bundle 11 is live offering up to six games if you are willing to pay more than the average price. Humble Indie Bundle 11 offers four games for any price you want to pay: including action-platformer Guacamelee! Gold Edition, action RPG Dust: An Elysian Tail, atmospheric puzzle-platformer The Swapper, and hardcore platformer Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (includes a digital comic).
Rust creator Garry Newman says that his game has managed to sell over one million copies through Steam's Early Access program. The game, which is still in the early stages of development started off as a clone of DayZ, but recent changes like the removal of zombies have made the game more about survival than survival horror.
Twenty-three-year-old Robin Ras, a Dutch game developer and owner of GamesOnly.com, has found a unique way of protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin's anti-gay policies. With the Winter Olympics in full swing at Sochi, Ras thought the best way to make a statement about the country's deplorable treatment of gays was to create a protest game.
According to an OnGamers report, World Cyber Games is finished holding eSports tournaments this year and may cease operations beyond being just a "brand." The World Cyber Games is one of the world's most popular and recognized e-sports tournament organizations operating competitions in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Oceania.